Hatem Ben Arfa had another good game at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, and has been in some sparkling form this season for the Magpies, and he added another assist to his record when he brilliantly set up his French team-mate Yohan Cabaye just before half-time, and Cabaye produced a wonderful finish to put Newcastle ahead – a goal made in France.
Ben Arfa in action at Anfield on Sunday
After having been pummelled in those first 30 minutes by Liverpool, when that goal went in we thought this is the day we would break that 18 year hoodoo of not winning a league game at Anfield – but it didn’t happen.
Ben Arfa is used to winning, and he has a winning mentality, having won the French League with his first two clubs Lyon and Marseilles, and he had this to say about Sunday’s game in the local press today:
“We have a big week ahead.” “First Brugge and then West Ham and we have to win both.” “If we win the next few games in the Premier League we will move up the table.” “There is West Ham first and then Swansea.”
“I think the next five games are very important.” “We did well but maybe we lost concentration in the second half and from it they scored a goal.” “I think we made it hard for them to score more, though – we defended very well in the second half.”
“I think it was a very good point.” “Sometimes it is hard to take points at Liverpool because there is a big atmosphere.” “We could have won the game.” “Even after the goal we had chances, two or three, but we also had to defend a lot.”
“By the end they could have won the game, but this is a good point.” “It was a very nice goal from Cabaye.” “He controlled the ball and shot an unstoppable effort.” “It was a nice cross. Every time I try to create situations like that.”
“If Yohan can keep doing the rest we will be OK.”
Certainly Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye are two fantastic players Newcastle have picked up over the last 30 months or so, and both of them together cost around £8M for Newcastle – another great deal by Newcastle.
And certainly they are worth a lot more than that now, having become better players on Tyneside under the tutelage of both Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew.
Next up for Newcastle is Club Brugge on Thursday night, and we need to win that game and qualify for the final 32 of the Europa League.
Note – yes – I just love that word mercurial to describe Hatem Ben Arfa – what a player this lad is now for Newcastle.
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