It turns out that Hatem Ben Arfa may be a different type of football player than most other super stars.
Ben Arfa – watched Gateshead game last Saturday afternoon
Ben Arfa was keen to join Newcastle last August on loan, and also seemed to jump at the chance to sign a four and a half year permanent contract at Newcastle in January, and he is a player who wants to play in front of the passionate Geordie crowd.
That passion was there for all to see last night, and before we go any further, let’s say the pitch at St. James’ Park looked immaculate last night, and all credit to the Newcastle groundsmen, who never get enough credit for what they do.
It turns out that Ben Arfa seems to be a student of the game, and where was he on his day off on Tyneside last Saturday?
He went to the International stadium across the river, to take in the Gateshead 2-2 draw with Rushden & Diamonds, in the Blue Square Premier game.
How many players at Newcastle would do that?
There were 701 fans at the game, and the lad must have been recognized by the Newcastle faithful there, and they must have felt privileged to be there with the budding Newcastle super-star.
Of course it will now be only a few weeks before Ben Arfa finally makes his comeback from his terrible double leg fracture he endured last October, and that’s a game Newcastle fans are really looking forward to.
Stephen Ireland finally got on the pitch last night, and while it was only for around 20 minutes or so, it was enough time for Ireland to show he has skills galore, just like Ben Arfa.
It will be a huge moment when the French International finally comes back on the field for the first time at St. James’ Park, following his injury, and if he can get a couple of games under his belt this season, he’ll then be all set for next season.
And just think Newcastle could have three players already in the squad, who will look like new signings next season.
Stephen Ireland, Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa – quite a trio – and they have but 6 appearances for Newcastle between them, so far this season.
Those three are talented players to add to the squad for next season – and hopefully they can all stay fit.