It was great to see Ben Arfa make it through his first game back, and he put in a good shift of 70 minutes last night at the City Ground.
Ben Arfa – in action last night
Ben Arfa and the Newcastle fans are a match made in heaven, and today the French International has thanked the fans for helping him to get through his injury woes, since he arrived 13 months ago from Marseilles.
And Ben Arfa also says the other French players Newcastle have brought in, are also settling in well to life on Tyneside, and that they are all happy with things.
And the mercurial player, who attracted a number of the French media to Nottingham Forest last night, as he still seems to be their great hope, had this to say today:
“I’m very happy to see the supporters again, and I thank them for all the encouragement last year,” “It was hard for me, but they sent me messages, and I want to thank them.”
“I was very happy to be back on the pitch, and we finished with a victory.” “It was a very good result, and I’m very happy.”
“All the year I worked so hard to come back, and I’m very happy to be on the pitch now. It was very hard for me, and I’m very happy to be back.”
“I hope we do very good things this season.” “It was difficult to watch the rest of the game from the bench.” “They scored, and it was hard, but I’m very happy that we won.”
“I feel very good. I have confidence, and I feel I will do very good things now. I’m ready to play now. I hope we continue like this.”
“We are all starting to settle in at Newcastle now.” “We just want to keep the team moving forward and making progress. Everybody is happy here.”
Certainly the French contingent have one thing in common and that’s they are very skillful players as the French concentrate on the basic skills when their players are very young, and it shows.
Things seem to be looking up at Newcastle at the moment, but it’s not the time to get carried away, and the next step for Newcastle is to put in a good performance on Saturday afternoon against Blackburn, who are certainly beatable on the road.
And we’ll also know at that time, who Newcastle will play in round four of the Carling Cup – hopefully Aldershot Town at home.