Newcastle top class winger Hatem Ben Arfa has given an interview today to the Newcastle web-site, and he has some interesting things to say.
The great Hatem Ben Arfa – Newcastle second striker
The 24-year-old French International has spent almost nine months recovering form his horrific double fracture of the left leg that he sustained at Eastlands in early October, following a tackle from Manchester City’s Dutch International defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong.
But as we heard a week or two ago, he was given a clean bill of health from Clarefontaine Football Academy, where he did much of his recovery, and the lad seems raring to go.
This is what Hatem had to say this afternoon:
“It was a very serious injury, of course, and took a long time to recover from – but I’m 100 per cent fit now,” “A lot of my recovery was done at Clairefontaine, the French football center, where I was under the control of the doctor who did the operation back in October.”
“I also came back to Newcastle for various updates with the club’s medical staff here, then back to Clairefontaine to continue the recovery.” ” And I managed to get a couple of breaks in as well, because you need that to keep the morale going.”
“And now I’m no longer under the doctor, so all the hard work has paid off.” “It was a very, very difficult few months and I’m really happy that now it’s all over and I can get cracking,”
“I’m really eager to get back.” “It’s good for my morale that we’ve signed such good players from France, players that I know and that I’ve played against,” “It’s going to be really good.
“I spoke to Sylvain Marveaux before he came here and it was a very good conversation.” ” I told him it was the right place for Sylvain to come and I’m very glad he took my advice.”
“It’s good for my morale that we have signed such good players from France, players that I know and that I have played against. It’s going to be really good. I spoke to Sylvain Marveaux before he came here and it was a very good conversation.”
“I told him it was the right place for Sylvain to come and I’m very glad he took my advice.”
He plays table tennis too!
There will be at least two French Internationals in Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye in the Newcastle side, and we are still hoping Newcastle will bring Charlie N’Zogbia back to Newcastle.
Those three players have skills galore, and it certainly seems Newcastle will be a much more skillful side next season than they were last season.
It’s just great to have Ben Arfa fit again, and it will be terrific when this lad plays again at St. James’ Park, when he will get a tremendous ovation – a very well deserved tremendous ovation.