Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan return to St. James’ Park tomorrow afternoon, and we suppose they will get a hostile reception, but in truth both lads did great for Newcastle, and both helped us to get out of the Championship at the first attempt, and played very well for the team – but we suppose they’ll still get booed tomorrow.
Ben Arfa – in action last Sunday at Liverpool
Hatem Ben Arfa has been in great form this season, and he’s playing some of the best football of his career in England, and the French International thinks it will be good for Andy and Kevin to return to Tyneside tomorrow:
“It is a good situation for them coming back.” “But most important for us is to win. We have to focus on our own game and win it.” “He knows what type of atmosphere there will be at St James’ Park, and I think he will want to show them he is a good player.”
“They did some good things for Newcastle. Nolan and Andy Carroll did well here. Nolan has big experience and he knows how we play.” “But we now have to focus on winning.” “We feel we can go far but the next few weeks are the most important.”
“If we find consistency we know we can push on for the top four places.” “I can play in Europe now. The Europa League is a very good competition.” “But there is also the FA Cup and we have to treat the games in every competition with the same intensity.”
“After that everybody will be happy at the end of the season.” “When I was at Lyon I played almost every year in the Champions League.” “I know what is needed. It can be different. But the intensity of the Premier League is almost like playing in the Champions League in terms of standard.”
“Every game is very hard. That’s why the English usually get to the latter stages.”
Ben Arfa is being rested in the European games this season, but once we can secure our place in the knock-out rounds – hopefully – we should see Alan Pardew field much stronger sides, in an attempt to have a good run in the tournament, and I suppose we could even be in with a chance of winning it.
But there’s only two things we can win this season – the FA Cup and the Europa League – since the league is beyond us and we lost at the first hurdle at Manchester United in the League Cup – now called the Capital One Cup.
Come to think of it – it would be fantastic if Newcastle can actually win something this season, for the first time since way back in 1969, when we walked away with the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
Certainly players like Ben Arfa are used to winning things – so you never know.
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