Ben Arfa certainly seems to be enjoying the camaraderie in the Newcastle dressing room these days.
Ben Arfa takes on Neil Taylor on Friday
The French International, who turned 25 last month, is back into top form, and we expect he has a good chance to be in the French squad for the upcoming European Championships this summer, along with his team-mate Yohan Cabaye.
Arsenal got a late 87th minute winner against Manchester City yesterday, and are now 5 points ahead of Newcastle, who are level on points with Chelsea at 56, and three points behind Tottenham.
It looks as though Newcastle will certainly get at least 6th place in the league, but will be pushing for as many points as possible over the final six games of the season.
It seems Manchester City have come up short in the title race, and are now 8 points behind Manchester United, so we suppose they’ll have to spend even more money on players in the summer?
Manchester City hardly have the team spirit that has been so apparent in the Newcastle camp this season, and Ben Arfa talked about that spirit today:
“I don’t know if it is the best experience of togetherness I have experienced in my career but I can say that all the players feel very good in the dressing room.”
“I don’t know if we can get into the Champions League.” “The first target is Europe, but then why not the top four? If we can keep winning we will see.”
“We don’t believe it is easy to win games in this league because every game is difficult.” “But if we can carry on with this spirit of everybody being together, then why not?”
“I am enjoying this run of games but more important is that we keep winning matches.”
Newcastle will probably be missing at least Cheick Tiote for the home game this afternoon against Bolton, which on paper looks almost a certain home win.
But that’s why this could be a very dangerous game for Newcastle.
But the lads will try to notch their 5th win on the trot, in front of another sold-out crowd at St. James’ Park this afternoon, and Tottenham are at home to Norwich and Chelsea are at Fulham tonight.
A Newcastle win could see us move above Chelsea in the league by tonight, with just five games remaining.
We have to hope for all 3 points this afternoon if we are to make European qualification this season.
Howay The Lads!!