Ben Arfa has been a really shining light for Newcastle so far this season, and the mercurial French International has been our Man of the Match in four of the five games, with a certain Mr. Demba Ba being the top man at Everton last week.
Ben Arfa – being assaulted by Jonas after scoring Newcastle goal
And Alan Pardew is well aware of the things that the Frenchman can do because he sees it in training every day, and he has said Ben Arfa has been the best player in training this season, and of course he produces the stuff in matches too.
This is what Alan told the local press today:
“Trust me, as an ex-footballer some of the things Hatem did were unbelievable.” “They will probably be forgotten because of the nature of the Norwich game.”
“However, you could pick three or four things there and put them in a World Cup. They were terrific.” “He is great when he has the ball and he is a joy to behold.”
“Hatem gives us some fantastic moments. He set up the goal against Norwich with the pass and almost grabbed us two other goals.”
It’s unlikely that Ben Arfa will start tonight, but after missing the trip to Madeira last Thursday because he was suspended (he’s now available after serving his three European match suspension), he could start on the bench and get a run out late in the game if we need some magic.
During the 1-1 draw last season in the league at Old Trafford, when we somehow hung on for those last 20 minutes, with Tim Krul making save after save, and when he was beaten Danny Simpson clearing off the line, Ben Arfa and Wayne Rooney got into a big argument, but the Frenchman says that was all settled between him and Wayne at half time.
This si what the Frenchman said after that game:
“Oh, it was a heat of the moment exchange.” “There is no problem between Rooney and myself.” “The problem was resolved during the half-time.”
We don’t know if Ben Arfa will be on the bench tonight, but if he is it would give Alan Pardew some options in the second half, depending on the state of the game at that time.
He’s been a wonderful buy for the club, and just think – Ben Arfa could even improve this season.
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