The Loss Of Ben Arfa A Massive Blow To Newcastle

Ben Arfa’s injury has severely dampened the mood of Newcastle supporters, since his horrible injury after just 4 minutes in Sunday’s  game at Eastlands.

Hatem Ben Arfa – in happier times

And the more we see DeJong’s crazy tackles where he took the ball and the man in a terrible lunging tackle,  the more we wonder how he can keep making those fouls and get away with it.

Even his own Dutch coach and the commentators in Holland were upset by his stupid challenge, and it’s not often a country drops one of its players because of one tackle.

And the fact that Martin Atkinson didn’t even give a foul speaks volumes about the referee’s performance on Sunday.

We’ll leave it at that.

The good news is that the on-loan Marseilles midfielder underwent a successful operation yesterday, and we have to hope the break has not damaged tendons and the like, but from what we can tell, there’s no dame and the lad should recover well and be as good as ever.

Mike Williamson talked about the loss today.

“It’s a big loss to the team but to the person as well,” “It’s a massive blow and our thoughts are with him. We all wish him a speedy recovery and hope he can get back to where he has been. He’s been a great asset for us.”

“I think it will affect everyone in football. Everyone will feel for him. Unfortunately things like that happen, it’s an occupational hazard. Hopefully he gets back soon.”

Well we suppose Ben Arfa will have lots of time to work on his Englush in the next 6 months, but there’s no doubt he will be a huge loss  to the Newcastle side, who now lack his creative spark.

And we have been asked by a number of  our readers to ensure fans send Ben Arfa get-well messages – so we have included the Evening Chronicle page, where you can leave a message for the youngster.

It may be worthwhile to go out of your way yo leave the lad a message – right now – because we’re sure he’s going to read every single one of them – and if he knows he’s loved on Tyneside, he’s hardly going to want to leave the club ever – is he?

You can leave a message here.

Please do – and thanks.