Ben Arfa, Newcastle’s new 23-year-old French midfielder already seems to be becoming the darling of the Newcastle fans.
Ben Arfa – looks good in black and white
The French International came on at the end of the game on Saturday, but he was still voted by 38% of voters in our poll, as Man of the Match, beating out central defenders Coloccini and Williamson, who again had solid games for the Magpies.
Ben Arfa recieved a great reception form the Newcastle fans, and the youngster said he was suprrised by such a welcome.
He talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“For me to lose in my first game really stings.” “It really spoils it for me to lose a game like that.” “I wanted to begin with a victory, but it has gone now and we can only look forward to the next set of games.”
“I was very, very surprised by the reception that I got – but of course I was very pleased.” “I am genuinely touched by the welcome that the Newcastle fans have given me.”
“And now this just makes me even more determined to do well for them, score some goals and win some matches.” “I can take away some good images from the game.”
“I have discovered what it’s like to play at a big stadium and hear for the first time just how good these supporters are for a player.” “For me, it is very hard to lose a match and, as I say, I am stinging.”
“I don’t like losing because I regard myself as a winner.” “I have a winner’s mentality and it hurts like hell when I lose.”
Those are good words from the French lad, and most fans will hope the full power and skills of the 23 year-old will be made available against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon – we hope he gets his first start for Newcastle.
And Ben Arfa says he can’t wait to be involved and he’s still surprised at the great reception he received from Newcastle fans..
“We can look ahead to the next game now.” “It was just such a huge surprise for me to get a good reception, but I am really happy that it was like that.” “I would like to show the supporters what I can do and give them something in return.”
The Parisian seems a natural for the Newcastle club, as he already knew all about the Magpies’ history and former players when he arrived on Tyneside.
And if he can provide the skills and creativity that is often missing from the Newcastle side, he will become a great permanent signing for the club – there’s absolutely no doubt about that.
And of course he is a real crowd-pleaser and will help fill the St. James’ Park stadium to capacity in future home games, as long as the Newcastle team can recover from what was a very bad day at the office on Saturday.
But hope springs eternal on Tyneside.