Ben Arfa is getting a lot of good press at the moment, and we suppose that’s not unusual for a footballer who is so gifted.
Ben Arfa struggles with van Persie for the ball Monday night
Ben Arfa wasn’t used to tracking back or doing many defensive duties when he played for Lyon and Marseilles in France, but the Newcastle manager has insisted that he do his fair share of work, when he’s in the black and while colors of Newcastle.
And he worked his socks off at Arsenal on Monday night, and also managed to score his 4th goal of the season, and it was another beauty that was in the net before we realized it.
And it was certainly past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before he could react too much, as the Frenchman took the shot so early.
Ben Arfa was interviewed in the Sunday Sun today and he had this to say:
“I have been waiting for an opportunity to play games and now it is here – I want to make the most of it,” “It is very important to be on the pitch and now I am there, it is on me to help the team.”
“It is correct that when you’re a football player, you want to be on the pitch, but I carried on with training, getting fitter and trying to get better.” “The manager told me to keep training hard.”
“He insisted that I was here for training all the time – the more you train and the better you train, the more likely I was to be on the pitch.” “It took me time. It is a different league here. It is a 90-minute energy that you need.”
“The coach and the staff put that philosophy into us all the time, it helps.” “I am very happy to be on the pitch and now we are into the last 10 games.” “Those are the games where you have to do something good and I hope we’re ready to play these last 10 games.
“I’m very, very ready. I really hope that we can make it into Europe.” “If it is possible then that is what I want.” “There was big pressure in France on me. But it is part of life, and I take responsibilities for that status,” “I think it is good to come to England.”
“I feel less of the pressure that there was in France.” “I really hope to be there with the team. Whether I am going to be part of the group or not is up to me. If my performances are good enough I can be part of the team.”
Those are really good and mature words from 25 year-old Ben Arfa, and we’ll have to drop the tag that Ben Arfa is a problem player, because Alan Pardew has said that he has been no trouble at all at Newcastle.
Reading what Ben Arfa says above, it seems some of those words are what Alan Pardew has not only been drumming into Ben Arfa, but also into the other Newcastle players, and the penny has certainly dropped with the French lad, and he will become a uch better player for it.
There were a lot of French press there at the game in London on Monday night, and they were there to see Ben Arfa, one of France’s most mercurial players at the moment, and he seems to have recovered well from his double leg break, and still has all the skills he had before the injury.
The French press saw Ben Arfa in great form on Monday night, and he scored a wonderful goal, and if he can keep that form up through the rest of the season, he will see himself in the French squad for the European Championships this summer, and Newcastle will have done very well in the league come the end of the season.
It would be great for Newcastle fans to see both Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa starting for France in the European Championships this summer.
It says a lot of Alan Pardew that he is now bringing the best out of Ben Arfa, and he is making him into a better player for Newcastle, and for France too.