Every player worth their salt wants to start and play games for Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa – could get a start in tonight’s game
And it seems like our French International midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is no different, and he allowed himself to say that’s he’s sad that he’s not starting for Newcastle these days.
But he’s also quick to point out that his job is to do the very best he can for the team when he’s on the pitch, even if he’s brought on with only five or ten minutes to go in the game.
Thia is what the 8 times capped French International had to say today, before the big game with Manchester United at St. James’ Park tonight:
“I would like to be part of it.” “The most important thing is that I give everything for the team when I’m on the pitch, to do my best to help the team.”
“When I came on, even when I’ve only got five to ten minutes on the pitch, I need to show what I can do.” “I need to be decisive for the team when I can, when I’ve got an opportunity.”
“Inside I’m sad not to be on the pitch.” “I’m trying not to share my sadness with other people.” “Obviously I would rather be on the pitch and not being on the pitch makes me a bit upset.”
“I knew at the start that it would take time, but it has been four months now and I feel that now I’m ready, I’m completely fit.” “And I feel like I’m able and ready to play more on the pitch than I have done so far.”
Ben Arfa is right to keep his sadness to himself, and we’re sure there’s a few other Newcastle players who are sad because they are not starting at the moment.
But that’s part of a footballers’ life, and to be fair to Ben Arfa, he’s been no trouble at all on Tyneside, and that’s to his enormous credit.
Ben Arfa still remains a huge favorite with Newcastle fans, who often call out his name during games to remind Alan Pardew to bring the lad on.
Alan Pardew has also said recently that he’s been as good as gold for him, although Alan will also know that the mercurial French International is a little bit unhappy he’s not starting for Newcastle.
For the record, Ben Arfa has appeared 16 times for Newcastle with two great goals and two assists.
We still think we have yet to see the best from Ben Arfa in a Newcastle shirt, but we’ll see that before the end of the season, for sure.
Howay the Lads!!