Alan Pardew has said today that Ben Arfa has looked fitter than he’s ever been since Alan arrived at the club last December.
Hatem Ben Arfa – can win the game for Newcastle tonight
And when the French International came on last Saturday against Wigan, he began to show some of his form, and he’s one of those mercurial players who with one piece of magic can win a game.
That’s what Newcastle fans and Alan Pardew will be hoping will happen tonight, with Newcastle desperate to get through to the quarter final draw on Saturday.
Alan Pardew talked to the Newcastle press today:
“He is going to be important in these type of games because he can unlock a door.” “He can do that at any level. In terms of passes and clever moments, he showed that in little flashes against Wigan.”
“Hatem is at a much better level than he has ever been since I’ve been at the football club.” “So we’re hoping that he will start featuring.”
Newcastle will have 3,500 fans traveling to Ewood Park tonight, and they will provide the inspiration for our players, and we’re quite sure they will make themselves heard.
Alan will make sure the players know they are playing to win this game for the great Newcastle fans, who show so much dedication to the team, by traveling repeatedly to these away games.
This is what Alan said about the fans:
“We are going to win it for them.” “We feel we can win because we’re in that mood anyway.”
“Where we are at the moment we are feeling confident. It will be brilliant for us.”
It turns out that Newcastle fans will wear party hats and streamers in Blackburn this evening, so we really hope they are in party mood at the end of the game.
If they are, that will mean Newcastle are through to the last eight of the Carling Cup, and who knows, Newcastle could even go on and win the thing.
Whenever Newcastle win their first trophy since 1969, that will summon the start of some massive celebrations on Tyneside, and who knows, that could even be this season.
Howay The lads!!