There have been a few interviews with Ben Arfa today, and with Chris Hughton talking about the player too, as the French International is expected to make his debut this afternoon for Newcastle United against Blackpool.
Ben Arfa – no Robert or Ginola
Chris Hughton talked about Ben Arfa today:
“He will certainly be a crowd pleaser, but he is a different sort of player to David Ginola or Laurent Robert. Ginola was a really strong player, six foot two, an athletic specimen and most would accept he was much better going forward than defending.”
“The difference between the two is that David Ginola was a left winger. Even though he was right-footed, that was by far his best position.” “With Ben Arfa, he can vary his game a bit more, he can play on the left, on the right and certainly off the front and in a central position. He is certainly a gifted player.”
“I can’t really say who he is similar to. I’ve heard it say he may be like Laurent Robert, but that is probably because they’re both French. I saw Laurent Robert as an out-and-out left winger who, like David Ginola, was better going one way than the other.”
“Ben Arfa is also very much an offensive player, a gifted player on the ball who has a good eye for a pass and a change of pace. He is able to go past players.”
And the 23 year-old Ben Arfa himself has said that he talked to former French players who have played at Newcastle, and that he heard good things, particularly about new Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.
Ben Arfa told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I would like to think I am a person who is generous, who likes a laugh, and who likes to get on with people. I have a real problem with injustice. For me honor and principle are the most important things in life. Perhaps I am in the wrong business!”
“I think I will be OK here. Chris Hughton talked to me and I hear he is an honorable man.” “Before moving here I spoke to a lot of French players. A lot of them spoke about Chris – Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Pascal Chimbonda, Sebastien Bassong – not just those but all had good things to say and that really helped me make my decision.”
Chris Hughton is certainly an honorable and fair man, and one of his seemingly many strengths in management, is that he is so down to earth and takes absolutely nothing for granted – nothing.
But if Ben Arfa is not playing well, Chris will probably not be in the side – but he’s still an honorable man.
Chris said yesterday that no player’s place in the first team can be taken for granted, and he will pick the first team based purely on talent and form, and he’s certainly done that in the past – and he’s dropped many big name players in his short time as manager at Newcastle.
We trust that will continue.