Ben Arfa had one of his best games for Newcastle on Saturday at Villa Park, and the lad has been on fire this season, starting at the Emirates in that first game of the season, when he was one of the few Newcastle players who turned up for the game.
Ben Arfa – great display on Saturday
Alan Pardew had worked with the forwards last week on a new formation, and since Demba Ba left in January we have never been a threat up front, and we found it difficult to score goals and in the first three league games of the season we scored just one goal – but we got two on Saturday and with Loic Remy in the side, and Ben Arfa in top form, we even looked a good attacking side on Saturday.
Remy powered down the left in the first half and his resultant pull back after 18 minutes saw Ben Arfa smash the ball into the net, but then on 67 minutes some weak defending saw their danger man Benteke head the ball into the net from a corner, but then six minutes later more Ben Arfa magic had the Frenchman cutting inside and shooting.
Guzan could only parry the ball, and Yoan Gouffran had a chance that was a lot more difficult than it appeared, but he put the ball into the back of the net beautifully, and the Magpies bagged all three points.
Ben Arfa is a confident lad and he thinks Newcastle again have a good side:
“I said at the start of the season we can do top five.” “I’m still thinking that way.” “With this formation, we know we can score almost any time.” “There is big talent in this team.”
“We have a lot of creative players like Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye.” “They will make opportunities and serve up big chances. For me, this team is strong. If there’s no injuries for us, we have a very good team.”
“It’s not always about your football, sometimes you have to show you are strong in the mind.” “We have showed we have big characters here. Everybody’s done their job properly, and I am very proud of my team.”
“The win is important, but the most important thing was that after the goal we kept on going. We didn’t just take 1-1. We didn’t settle for a point.” “If we want to be a big team, we have to be more like that.”
“The big clubs are winners in their minds. They have the winning mentality, and don’t settle for anything less.” “Manchester United are like that, and we need to have that as well to be in the top five.”
Those are really good words from a lad who saw success at both Lyon and Marseilles, so the 26 year-old knows what being a top team is all about.
The 4-3-3 formation seemed to work like a treat on Saturday, and we have the players to deploy that system, and certainly the display and the result on Saturday will have lifted the spirits on Tyneside, and hey, we could even have a good side this season.
Certainly the outlook now looks a lot brighter for Newcastle – that’s the least that can be said after Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!
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