It’s clear that Ben Arfa knew all about the Newcastle club, when he arrived on Tyneside a couple of weeks ago, and especially about their legendary fan support.
Ben Arfa – talks about Newcastle and their fans
Ben Arfa has given interviews for today, and he has talked about Frenchman David Ginola, who of course suddenly became a great player in England, but only when he joined Tottenham Hotspur, after spending a couple of outstanding seasons on Tyneside.
That’s also happened recently with James Milner – come to think of it.
Anyway, Ben Arfa has today talked about the Frenchman, who is big friends with Chris Hughton, and he also talked about the Newcastle club and their fan support:
“I certainly hope I can do as well as David Ginola did at Newcastle. But we will see,”“Ginola was a great player here but for me as a young player growing up I always associated Newcastle with Alan Shearer and the adulation he had at the club.”
“He was part of the history and I have always been impressed with Shearer as a player and Newcastle as a club.” “The French people are still very aware that St James’ Park has a big history and their supporters are particularly appreciated in France because most other clubs are jealous of them.”
“The reputation of their fans goes before them. That in the past has attracted some of the better French players to come here. The club still has a big reputation in France.”
And the 23 year-old has also talked today about his own image in football, which right now is not particularly good, and could do with some improvement.
And of course there are expected to be quite a few French journalists to report on the game at St James’ Park this afternoon, and hopefully Ben Arfa’s debut for the Newcastle club.
The French International continued:
“It is true that I have a certain image after what has been in the newspapers in France,”“People have written things about me without knowing the real me. I am sure that some of the things I have done have not helped my image when I was in France.”
“It is true that the transfer from Marseilles was a very drawn out affair, but I was always quite philosophical about it. Sometimes the negotiations take a long time and I am realistic enough to know that these things have to work themselves out sometimes.”
“But I am here now and I see coming to Newcastle as a chance to see the real Hatem. The great thing is I start here with a clean slate. I hope people will now see the real Hatem Ben Arfa.”
“The most important thing is to be efficient on the pitch,” “But football is an entertainment too. It is really important to give people pleasure. My favorite position is as a true attacking midfield player, and I can play on the right and left too.”
Ben Arfa could become a great favorite on Tyneside, and if he can settle in quickly and start playing well it will be a win-win situation for both the player himself and the Tyneside club, and we have to hope that’s exactly what will happen.