Ben Arfa had has an injury ruined season this season and has only played 16 times for the Magpies with 3 goals and 3 assists, but that appearance record will increase by one today, as he’s expected to play a part in the Newcastle Sunderland derby later today.
Ben Arfa – a special player
Ben Arfa came back on Thursday night against Benfica, after his last performance was also in Europe when we played against Anzhi in Moscow, and he set up Papiss Cisse’s goal in the 71 st minute.
Most fans would agree with manager Alan Pardew, when he says the Frenchman is a special player, and he compares him with some of Newcastle’s great players of the past.
This is what Alan had this to say to the local press:
“When I looked at Newcastle as an outsider, I always admired the way they played here.” “There was always that outstanding player that lifted the crowd. You had Tino Asprilla, Peter Beardsley and Kevin Keegan.”
“And you have to put Hatem in that category as a special player. We’ve had a few ups and downs with injuries. But he can do things that no other player can do.”
It’s an excellent opportunity today for the Frenchman to show what he can do in the local derby, when he’s expected to be introduced at some point this afternoon in the second half of the game against Sunderland.
Sunderland are above Wigan and the drop on goal difference only on 31 points, and Newcastle are five points above the drop zone.
And since we are on the subject of Sunderland, some late breaking news received from one of our readers Mark McConville – pen name – Markaccus:
We need a win today.
Howay The Lads!!
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