There’s no doubt that Hatem Ben Arfa has been one of Newcastle’s stars this season, and he’s one of those players the fans just love to watch, not only because he’s got so much skill, but also you’re never quite sure what he will do next, and a case in point is when he brilliantly set up the goal for Yohan Cabaye against Liverpool at Anfield.
The mercurial one in action at Anfield
And the Frenchman works very hard for the Newcastle side, and he seems to have taken in everything the manager has said to him over these last couple of years, and he certainly works much harder in a game than he ever did when he played for Lyon and Marseilles in France.
Newcastle are in a mini-slump at the moment we suppose, having lost a game against West Ham we should have won, and that makes tomorrow’s game at home to Swansea all the more important.
And the 13 times capped French International is well aware of that, as he had this to say in the local press today:
“Now I’m better, but I was very upset this week.” “And everyone else was too because we should have won the West Ham game.” “We have to start to make the most of the games at home.”
“Now we have to start winning games. If we don’t, it’ll be very hard.” “It’s not a cup final tomorrow, but it’s very important for everybody.” “If we don’t win, maybe we will lose a little confidence. If we win, we will build.”
“To have a very good season, you have to win three or four games consecutively.” “Now it’s not good for us after losing.” “It’s very, very important against Swansea – we have to get points.” “We’re in the middle of the league, and that is not our ambition.”
“We have to win, and we have to try to score more goals to move up to the right end of the table.”
We had heard the reports that the Newcastle players were angry in the dressing room after the game, because given the chances we had, we could have even won the game.
If we can beat a very good West Brom side, given the chances we had in that game – we should have beaten West Ham last Sunday afternoon.
And in 11 appearances this season the French magician, who seems to continue to improve on Tyneside, has 2 goals and two assists.
We may see that goals tally increase tomorrow afternoon – we certainly hope so. 😀
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