The news in the local press today is that Ben Arfa has been staying behind after training to practice shooting – how to put the ball into the back of the net – now that’s practice that’s really worthwhile.
The great Ben Arfa – in training
Ben Arfa has two goals in 11 appearances for the Magpies so far this season, but we suspect he’s taking Alan Pardew words to heart, after the Newcastle manager challenged him to be a constant threat, like Luis Suarez is at Liverpool.
Certainly our French International maestro is loaded with skill and technique, honed at the famous Clairefontaine Academy, just outside of Paris.
And Ben Arfa has scored 9 goals in 45 appearances for the Magpies over the last two years, and his fabulous goal against Blackburn earlier this year is in contention for the FIFA Puskas award, given for the best aesthetic goal scored in the last twelve months.
This is what Ben Arfa said in the local press today:
“I’ve been practicing a lot more. In the last game, we created some situations, but didn’t score.” “If you want to win games, we have to score, that’s how simple it is.”
“I’m happy to be on the pitch. When you’re a footballer, you want to be on the pitch.” “But I’m happier when we win. When we lose, I’m very sad.” “When I play and we win, I’m very, very happy.”
“That’s why Saturday is a very big game.” “We didn’t have all the players. Cheick and Colo weren’t here.” “Now Jonas isn’t here. It’s very hard for us – he’s a very important player. This game is very important.”
“I enjoy all formations. The most important thing is to build very good play on the pitch – to keep the ball and go forward.” “I think there are a lot of good players here, and all players can play in this team.”
Yes it’s true Ben Arfa doesn’t say what he’s been concentrating on in his extra practice, but we have spies that say he’s practicing his finishing – and after all, he’s already scored some fantastic goals for Newcastle.
But with goal-scoring – more is better. 😀
We look forward to the Frenchman putting one in the back of the net tomorrow against Swansea City.
Howay The Lads!!
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