With the bad news on the injury front on both Andy Carroll and Dan Gosling this morning, there’s some decent news on Hatem Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa – returns to Newcastle for Arsenal game
With all the positive reports going around in the last two days on Newcastle’s top French International Ben Arfa, the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said the club plan to have Ben Arfa back on Tyneside for the Arsenal game.
And that will be a nice time for Newcastle to maybe get the league double over the London team this season?
“We’re hearing really good reports about him but our medical team need to be sure. We have to be careful that we protect the player,”
With Dan Gosling breaking down on his return from a long term injury, the very last thing we want is to see Ben Arfa rushed back in any way.
But he won’t be, and there’s no real reason to rush him back, just as long as we can keep getting those points to ensure we stay above the relegation fray this season.
And a thought for next season – Newcastle should play their first team in the Carling Cup.
That has to be the only reason two Premier League sides fighting relegation – West Ham and Birmingham – made it to the semi-finals this year, when lots of the other PL sides were playing weakened sides in the competition.
Even Arsenal played only half their second side when they beat Newcastle 4-0 – but we played our full second team, and it was half the Arsenal first team that played in that game, that did us in.
Of course West Ham and Birmingham would say they were playing a weakened side – it just happens it was their best side – ouch! – sorry about that.
The Carling Cup is the easiest trophy to win in England, but we would take it!
Let’s hope there are no West Ham or Birmingham fans reading this – otherwise I’m in big trouble.
Anyway it’s good news that Ben Arfa will be back in Newcastle a week on Saturday. 😀