Alan Pardew has said it could be that Hatem Ben Arfa will be ready for our next league game, which is at home to Southampton a week come Sunday, and as Alan has said – “blimey that’s mouth watering for us.”
Alan Pardew - smiling because Ben Arfa could be back
And with the new French arrivals Newcastle could field a very strong side against the Saints, and we need to, because we need to start picking up more wins in the league.
Having Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse in the same side is certainly mouth watering – and it could happen against Southampton.
This is what the Newcastle manager said in the Newcastle Journal today:
“You’d like to think with him on one side, Ben Arfa on the other side and Sissoko and Cissy – blimey, that’s mouthwatering for us.” “I think there’s a possibility Hatem will be back for the next home game.”
“Cabaye has been a bigger bonus that perhaps the boys I’ve brought in. He’s as good a footballer as I’ve worked with.” “You put Cheick Tiote and Sissoko in there and we have got a really, really good side if we can get it out on the pitch.”
“Unfortunately this year we haven’t even come close to getting it out there. This is actually the closest I’ve come to putting my strongest side out.” “It does excite me, it really does. I really looked forward to Saturday’s game and I’ve not done that all year.”
“Some of the teams I’ve had to select from, the squad’s been really shallow, but I put a good side out today and they gave a good account of themselves.”
Ben Arfa came back too early from his hamstring injury in early December against Fulham, and scored a great goal, but we lost the game 2-1, but playing in that game put the Frenchman way back with his hamstring injury, and he hasn’t played since – and it’s two months later and a lot of games later. That’s what comes of playing somebody when he’s not 100% fit.
And last week the mercurial Frenchman was sick, so he couldn’t even train, so we hope he can return to training this week – and be ready for the vital game against Southampton in 13 days time – a win is what we need in that game.
And we need Ben Arfa back in the side.
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