Newcastle are still in 4th place in the Premier League after the 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Saturday.
Ben Arfa in action at Old Trafford Saturday
And most Newcastle fans are wondering just how long we can stay in that high position in the league this season.
But not Hatem Ben Arfa, and the Frenchman today has come out and said the draw at Old Trafford can be a stepping stone to winning the Premier League title.
Newcastle are now on 26 points from the first 13 games, and have but one defeat in the league, which happened just over a week ago at Manchester City.
Ben Arfa thinks the lads can build on the good result on Saturday, and he said this to The Sun today:
“I think if we gain in confidence, we can go and get the title,” “I think the only thing that makes a difference is the confidence.”
“We really have good footballers here. If we carry on like this, then we can do something.”
Maybe Newcastle fans would be talking like this if it was three years ago, but that relegation just over a couple of years ago brought some of us down to earth with a huge thud, and we’re just happy this season that the lads have been exceeding expectations.
But it’s a whole different thing to win the Premier League title.
But as we would expect, the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is not getting carried away with things, even if Ben Arfa may be.
Pardew is down to earth and although it’s a bit of a cliche these days, he will continue to take one game at a time:
“We only think about the next game,” “We’re not dreaming or anything, we’re just thinking about beating Chelsea next week and we prepare from now for that.”
And since the next game is at St. James’ Park against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, the immediate goal is to take all 3 points from that game, that’s all that matters at the moment.
Howay The Lads!!