It’s an open question as to whether Hatem Ben Arfa will start tomorrow night for Newcastle against Arsenal at the beautiful Emirates Stadium.
Ben Arfa – showing great work ethic in training
Certainly there’s evidence from his terrific display in the second half against Sunderland last Sunday that he deserves the start, but tomorrow’s game will also be very tough, and there are still some concerns about the way the Frenchman plays the game.
Ben Arfa takes on players, which is a good thing, but there again he also loses possession a lot. And in a tough game like we’ll have tomorrow night in London, giving the ball away is not what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to see.
But apparently Ben Arfa has been impressing in training this week, and it’s not only his skills that have caught the eye, but his work ethic too.
This is what Alan had to say in the local Sunday Sun this morning:
“This is a player who has potential to play in the European Championships,” “Now it’s going to be about how much game-time he gets really.”
“I think he’s well regarded as someone who can do something different.” “But the cameo role is not really what it’s about. You’ve got to do it for 90 minutes.”
“I think he’s going to get that chance sooner rather than later.” “His work ethic in training has improved considerably.”
In the past through some good displays, Ben Arfa has forced himself into a starting position at the club, only for him to have one of those games where he seems not to even be on the pitch.
But we wouldn’t expect that at all tomorrow night, and whether the lad starts the game or comes on in the second half to win it for Newcastle (we wish), watch this lad’s work ethic.
We think Alan Pardew’s insistence that he tracks back and does everything the other players do for the team, is finally starting to sink in with the French youngster.
And Ben Arfa will become so much a better player than he currently is, because of that.
That has to be good for Newcastle and great for Hatem Ben Arfa.
Howay The Lads!!