The way Newcastle and Alan Pardew have handled Ben Arfa since he arrived on Tyneside, has been fantastic.
France manager Lauent Blanc last night – big fan of Ben Arfa?
And Newcastle and Ben Arfa, and possibly France in Euro 2012, will be reaping the benefits of a much more mature and professional young man, who still has those mercurial skills, after recovering from a double fracture of his left leg in October of 2010.
And Newcastle’s name in France could become even bigger, if Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye perform well for France in the Euro 2012 Championships, due to start in a couple of weeks time, but hopefully not too well against England .
Manager Laurent Blanc is now almost certain to name both Newcastle players in his final squad of 23, and Blanc had this to say about the mercurial Newcastle winger today:
“I believe that he has reached a new level, both as a player and as a person at Newcastle.” ”He is more mature, he is conscious of his talent but that he has to transfer it in to benefiting his team and not just for himself.”
And 25 year-old Ben Arfa, who has come of age at Newcastle, says he is very keen to resurrect a new image of himself in France:
“I am really eager to prove myself,” “I have earned myself a certain reputation. It was very, very difficult to return. There is only me and those around me who know how difficult it was.”
“When I was being treated at Clairefontaine I had the objective to regain my international spot. I’m happy, it’s already huge.”
Ben Arfa’s appearance for France last night was his first cap in two years since joining Newcastle United and his 9th cap in total, and he had a good game out on the right wing for an hour, before both Newcastle players were substituted.
Ben Arfa’s great comeback from his devastating leg injury could be complete in the European Championships this summer, and we are hoping that both Newcastle players give a great account of themselves.
And as we’ve said before, Ben Arfa deserves tremendous credit for the way in which he has handled himself on Tyneside, and he seems to be starting to reap the rewards for the great courage he has shown.
Good for him!