It looks like Ben Arfa is about a week away from being fit again – and he could even be ready for the game at Bordeaux next Thursday night, but let’s not play him in that meaningless game – and let’s not forget he was injured against CS Maritimo in Europe, and it was a risk the Newcastle manager took with the Frenchman – and it didn’t pay off.
Ben Arfa - should be kept for Premier League
Newcastle have to realize that this Europa league is not important - as long as we are near the relegation zone – and even if it means playing much weakened sides in the knock-out rounds in February – so be it..
That’s only if we are in a dog-fight for relegation come February – and certainly we hope that’s not the case.
Newcastle did great last season in finishing 5th and qualifying for Europe but it seems to have had a very negative impact on our small squad – and the most important thing this season is to stay in the Premier League – another relegation would be really devastating for the club.
And we have to think that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have seen how a small squad just cannot compete in Europe, and do well in the Premier League too.
Maybe the next time we are in Europe, they will spend some money and bring in some additional players to give the lads a chance of competing in both leagues – and even being successful in them.
But until that time comes – whenever that may be – the most important thing for Newcastle this season is the Premier League and staying in it.
And we need to keep Ben Arfa fit – so he can play in the Premier League – and help us to get some points on the board – that’s the main thing right now.
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