Some interesting stuff on Ben Arfa today from his advisor Simon Stainrod.
Ben Arfa – after scoring brilliant goal Monday night
Simon was the one who kept the fans appraised of Ben Arfa’s situation during his long recovery from his double leg fracture, and he has said the word on Ben Arfa that he is arrogant could hardly be further from the truth.
Ben Arfa currently lives on his own in Newcastle and is a devout Muslim, and he takes his profession very seriously and just wants to be the best.
He showed his mercurial qualities again on Monday night with a goal completely out of nothing, as he beat Wojciech Szczesny at his near post, to put Newcastle ahead in that game.
But of course Newcastle were still celebrating when Robin van Persie equalized 53 seconds later.
This is what Simon Stainrod said of his friend today in the local press:
“I was there on Monday and his goal was typical Hatem. Every time he gets the ball you just think ‘Go on’ – you know he can come up with something truly special and that is what I like about watching him play.”
“I speak to him and Hatem’s relaxed in Newcastle – he loves living in England and playing for the club,” “He’s a single boy living on his own in Newcastle and he lives a sensible, athlete’s life. He’s a top pro and the image of him as arrogant couldn’t be further from the truth.”
“He’s actually very humble and he’s viendy aware that he has a responsibility for the gifts that he’s got. He wants to make the most of them and he wants to do it at Newcastle.”
It’s interesting that Ben Arfa has started games against the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal this season, so it seems that Alan Pardew wants his mercurial skills in the games against the big clubs.
And of course if Newcastle get into Europe next season, he will be a big player for Newcastle in those games.
Norwich City are not a big club and they are the visitors to St. James’ Park on Sunday, but we still expect Ben Arfa to start on the right wing, as there are good signs his work rate is much better than it used to be.
When he loses the ball these days he’s straight back there fighting to get the ball back, and that’s a very good sign, and we could see more from him on Sunday against Norwich City.
In 20 appearances for Newcastle this season he has four great goals and three assists, and we’re hoping the lad will have a big positive impact for Newcastle in the last 10 games of the season.
Howay The lads!!.