Gabby Obertan looked very impressive again for Newcastle on Thursday night against Club Brugge, and he scored a great goal, but he’ll have to do even better if he is to get that starting place from Newcastle’s current right-winger – Hatem Ben Arfa.
Hatem Ben Arfa in training at Benton
As Alan Pardew mentioned yesterday Gabby’s got Ben Arfa in front of him at Newcastle, and Ben Arfa’s probably been Newcastle’s best player so far this season.
And of course the French International is a darling of the Newcastle crowd who just love to watch this lad play the game like he does – with his immaculate skills and technique.
And when Ben Arfa arrived at Newcastle he had a name as the bad boy of french football but he’s been very well behaved on Tyneside, and managed quite brilliantly by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
The 13 times capped French International says this is the best time of his career, as he had this to say today in the local press:
“This is my best spell of my career so far – but I think I am going to do more.” “I know there is more in there because the manager has given me a lot of confidence, as has everybody at the club. With confidence you achieve more and more.”
“I think I will bring even more than I have.” “Playing my football is important but what is more important is winning games. It is more than just skill. In my mind I just love winning.”
Those are good words form the 25 year-old who has scored two goals so far this season, and we could do with a third tomorrow when we entertain West Brom at St. James’ Park.
Maybe a goal from Ben Arfa will help us celebrate the official return of the St. James’ Park name for our stadium with a good win.
That’s a great reason to go all out for a win tomorrow.
Howay the Lads!!
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