Ben Arfa has been a very well behaved young man at Newcastle United, and nothing like he was portrayed by the French media, when he arrived on Tyneside in August of 2010.
Ben Arfa scores terrific goal against Aston Villa
And of course the superlative French International broke his left leg very early in his Newcastle career and in two places too, but Ben Arfa has come storming back and so far this season, he’s been Newcastle’s best player.
It’s strange how difficult times can make people stronger, and they become better people for going through the hardships and difficulties, but that’s what seems to happen time and again.
And Ben Arfa has come out today and said he had a long time to think about what football meant to him, when he was out for over ten months recovering from his horrific injury.
This is what Ben Arfa said in the Daily Telegraph today:
“I did think my career could be over. It is impossible not to think a bit like that when your leg is broken in two places.” “I was angry about it at first, but as time has passed, I’m not angry anymore.”
“It was a hard tackle, but I’m OK and it has made me a stronger person, maybe a better person.” “When you are not playing football for such a long time it gives you a lot of time to think.”
“It made me contemplate what football meant to me. I think it was an important period.” “I realised a football career is something that is over very quickly. I needed to make the most of the time I had, not waste it.”
Ben Arfa’s broken leg was caused by a lunging and terrible tackle from Manchester City’s Nigel De Jong, but he never even got a yellow card for it, but nowadays he might have been shown a straight red card for that kind of tackle.
Ben Arfa is playing his best football of his career since he arrived on the banks of the River Tyne, and we need another top display from the 25 year-old tomorrow afternoon against Manchester United if we are get the win – which is really what we need tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!
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