Ben Arfa Could Still Start Today

The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is set to make a late call on his french international winger Ben Arfa, before the game at home to Manchester City, and we have to hope the 13 times capped French International can start this game. Ben Arfa made Newcastle even look a threatening side last Monday night in london against Fulham, and scored a fantastic goal, that he somehow conjured up out of nothing.

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Ben Arfa after scoring fabulous goal last Monday night in London

And those are the goals we need right now to inspire our troops to go on and try to win some games this season, and after losing five of our last six league games, we have a very tough challenge today when Manchester City come a calling.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Ben Arfa today:

“It’s a tricky one for Hatem, the doctor and particularly for myself. It’s hard to know exactly where he is. We think he’s got a problem but it’s not reflected in him at the minute. It’s an unusual situation. My gut feeling is that he won’t be fit.”

Apparently Ben Arfa is telling the doctors that he cannot feel the hamstring, but if Alan risks him and he’s not fit,  he could injure the hamstring, and then be out for several more weeks – so it’s a tough call for the Newcastle manager.

But we think Ben Arfa will play today – and with him in the side, almost anything is possible.

What do you think?

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