Good news from Alan Pardew today that Ben Arfa is getting back to his best form.
Hatem Ben Arfa – getting back to his best form
When you suffer a terrible injury like Ben Arfa did at Manchester City 13 months ago, it takes a lot of time to regain that top form again, even when you are again fully fit physically.
And the same thing is happening with 21 year-old Dan Gosling, who is also trying to get back to his best form at Newcastle, after Dan suffered a very bad anterior cruciate ligament knee injury in March of last year.
It’s interesting that both players were signed permanently by the Tyneside club, while they were recovering from their injuries, and it was a bit of a risk Newcastle were taking.
Neither Ben Arfa nor Dan Gosling are starters in the side at the moment, but both of them should improve as the season progresses, and that bodes well for Newcastle this season.
And it seems that Alan Pardew, like to good man manager he is, has already talked with the Frenchman to ensure he’s okay with returning to the very stadium where he suffered his terrible injury.
Alan was asked how Ben Arfa was doing these days:
“Good, I had a little chat with him on Thursday morning and I thought it would be wise to just check that he’s OK.” “He’s trained very well and he assures me there will be absolutely no problem.”
“When you train with Cheick Tioté, you are going to get clattered now and again so he has had a couple of Cheick tackles and seems to have come through them all right.”
“I think he is a player who only now is getting near his best because, even in training, he has been good and then two or three days later, not really been at the same pace as the other players.
“But he has been a lot better recently, more up to speed.” “The first few weeks, I just let him get on with it. We are quite disciplined on the training field. We want our players to have energy and work really hard.
“We have had to let Hatem find his feet and I think that is only right. When you get long-term injuries I think that is the best way to be.
“But he has not really caused me a problem, he has been very understanding. I do not know how long that will continue but at the moment he has been.”
It’s also good to hear that Ben Arfa has been no problem at all at the club, because when he arrived on Tyneside he had a history of falling out with his previous managers at Lyon and Marseilles.
And we heard from former Newcastle winger Laurent Robert only yesterday, that Ben Arfa has an excellent relationship with the Newcastle manager, which was very good to hear.
We expect Ben Arfa to be introduced tomorrow at some point in the second half, and we also expect the crowd at the Etihad Stadium to give the 24 year-old a great welcome back.
Ben Arfa has shown enormous courage over the last 13 months, and he will deserve that applause.
Let’s hope he can also score the winning goal! 😀