Everybody was surprised with Ben Arfa’ strike on Saturday when the Frenchman unleashed a 30 yard strike when the ball just flew into the net, but Peter Lovenkrands has revealed the Frenchman does that in training all the time.
Peter Lovenkrands – two new boys are fantastic
Lovenkrands is due to start in tonight’s Carling Cup game at Stamford Bridge for only his second start this season, both in the Carling Cup.
Of course, Ben Arfa scored a similar goal a few weeks ago for France, just a couple of minutes after coming on in the second half of that game, when he was moving down the middle of the field and then unleashed a bullet.
Peter Lovenkrands seems not too surprised by the goal, as he said today:
“It’s funny, but Ben Arfa’s strike, he hit about three or four of those in a row in training,” “They were exactly the same and then he goes and does it against Everton. It was a fantastic goal and he had a great game.”
“It was the same for Cheik (Tioté) in midfield as well. The new boys have both done fantastically well.”
The performances of both new boys Ben Arfa and Ivory Coast holding midfielder Tioté, who were Newcastle’s best players on Saturday, have reinvigorated the Newcastle fans, who are now starting to see just how much the squad has been strengthened over the summer.
We are still to see Sol Campbell and Dan Gosling in Newcastle shirts, although Campbell will get his first start tonight. Add to that the fact that Steven Taylor has hardly played this year, and the squad will be even stronger when everybody is fit.
Løvenkrands also thinks that Newcastle are lucky to have Tim Krul available after the injury in the first half to number one goalkeeper Steve Harper.
Peter talked about the goalkeeper situation at the club:
“It’s a blow to lose Steve, but Tim is fantastic,” “He has shown every time he has come on how good he is. He has already shown he can cope with the pressure so I’m not worried.”
“The experience Steve has will be missed, but I think Tim will be a good stand-in for him.”” “We want to go as far as we can in the competition, but have to keep our eye on the league,” “It’s a squad game.”
“We have an opportunity to rest a few players, but we have some great players in the squad and should be strong enough to cope with the cup competitions as well as the league.”
Good words from Peter, who has not got into his stride yet this season, but he has been an excellent acquisition for the club, when he signed asa free agent last summer, and in 46 appearances for the club, he has knocked in 20 goals.
Not too bad at all.