Newcastle fans are basking in the warmth of two successive wins, and to think the squad will be even stronger for next Saturday’s trip to Swansea, who beat Bradford 5-0 at Wembley yesterday in the Capital One Cup. Ben Arfa should feature in that match either as a starter or from the bench – and Ben Arfa has talked today about winning trophies today – and at Newcastle too.
Ben Arfa - a kiss blown to the Newcastle fans
Newcastle have been disappointing this season, but since January 29th – when we played our new French recruits for the first time at Villa Park, the team has been surging back with four wins in the last six games, and we qualified for the round of the last 16 in the Europa League too.
That will please Ben Arfa, who had pleaded with his team-mates to not let the Europa League dream die last week and it didn’t – and the lads had a simply magnificent 1-0 win at Metalist Kharkiv – only the second loss at home in 10 European games for the Ukraine club.
Ben Arfa has been out of the side since early December with a hamstring problem, but he trained all last week – and this is what he told The Times today:
“It’s really special to be back. I think we can turn this into a better season than it might have seemed.” “I’d love to win titles, silverware. To give everything I can so that at the end of my career I can look back and have no regrets. Why not here? It’s a beautiful club.”
“There’s everything here to succeed; a great stadium and infrastructure, brilliant fans, good players. Everything is in place.” “I feel a great sense of pride to see all the French players arriving,” he said. “They are great signings. We’ve recruited very well.”
“The manager and I have a good relationship.” “He’s given me a lot of responsibility, but he’s done it gradually, so he’s learnt exactly where I play best. And he now has confidence in me, which has really helped my game. I want to repay him for that.”
It will be great to have Ben Arfa back in the side, and then there will be some very good players who cannot even make the bench at Newcastle since the squad is getting so strong – but we need this good a squad if we are to do well in the league and keep progressing in the Europa League.
We can still shock a lot of people this season if we keep playing well – and keep winning – especially with the mercurial winger back in our side – and hey – we may even win something.
Howay The Lads!!
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