Ben Arfa returned to the Newcastle first team on Thursday night, when he came on to a tremendous ovation from the St. James’ Park crowd.
Hatem Ben Arfa in action on Thursday night
Ben Arfa has been struggling with a hamstring problem since last November, but it seems like his hamstring is now fixed – at last.
And Ben Arfa has talked to the local press, and says his heart was beating very fast when he was introduced on Thursday night to a tremendous ovation:
“The crowd were cheering really loudly when I came on and my heart was beating very fast,” “It is great to get a reception like that. I could hear them shouting my name and that made me very happy.”
“I want to stay here. Me and my agent have not talked about leaving. I am focused on Newcastle and 100 per cent Newcastle. “”Everything is here. It is a great club. We have a great squad, big ground and great fans.”
There has been continuing news that Liverpool want Ben Arfa in exchange for Andy Carroll in the summer, and while that would be a good deal for Liverpool, it certainly wouldn’t be a good one for Newcastle.
Hatem Ben Arfa has played only 16 times with three goals and four assists this season, and that’s not much considering Newcastle have played around 48 games so far in this busy season.
But Alan Pardew has said Ben Arfa will be involved in the game against Sunderland on Sunday, but that he is not ready to start the game.
But Ben Arfa could be a big factor in helping Newcastle climb the league table over the final six games of the season.
That’s what we want to see and there’s no doubt that Ben Arfa has become an icon at Newcastle.
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