Newcastle have not made a good start to the season with a 4-0 thumping at the Etihad Stadium last Monday night, and the summer transfer window has been a huge frustration for Newcastle fans, with the club unwilling or unable to bring in some top talent to Tyneside.
Ben Arfa – in pre-season – hoping for a top five finish again
And we saw last night that other teams that finished around Newcastle in the league last season, have vastly improved and a good example of that is Aston Villa, who again looked a very good side in London, after beating Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday.
Villa went down 2-1 at Chelsea, but could and should have come away with something from the game, and a blatant hand-ball by John Terry in added time in the box, again shows the referee favors the big sides.
It was a definite penalty, but for some reason Kevin Friend the referee didn’t give it – he didn’t want to spoil Jose Mourinho’s second coming at Chelsea – obviously.
But unless Newcastle get new players through the door in the next 11 days, we could be struggling in the league, but don’t tell that to Ben Arfa, who seems to love it at Newcastle.
This is what the Frenchman has said today:
“Our objective is to finish top 10, and I hope we can finish top five. That will be tough, but I’m confident.” “The Manchester City game has gone. Now we have to turn our attention to West Ham on Saturday.”
“I’ll be doing everything for the team to maybe repeat what we did two years ago” “I’ll be doing everything for the team to maybe repeat what we did two years ago and as a team we’ll be stronger than last season.”
“I hope there are no more injuries.” “There’s confidence in the squad, and we think we can do something good this season.”
The 26-year-old struggled with a hamstring strain throughout last season, but he looked in good form on Monday night, and was the only Newcastle player who offered any threat to Manchester City, who were much superior to Newcastle on the night.
Newcastle must do well against West Ham on Saturday in our first home game, because Alan Pardew and Newcastle can ill afford to get off to a bad start this season, after what happened last term.
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