After going out to Manchester City in the League Cup (Capital One Cup) on Wednesday night, it seems an odd time for a player to come out and say we want to win something for the fans, but that’s exactly what Hatem Ben Arfa has said in the local press today.
Ben Arfa - wants to win something for fans
Newcastle fans are not particularly in good spirits at the moment, but it’s very true that a win against Chelsea would be a fantastic result for the club, but we don’t think we have much chance of that happening against an in-form Chelsea side,
This is what Ben Arfa said today:
“We want to win something for the fans.” “That’s why we’re frustrated. In our minds, we want to win something.” “For a long time they have had nothing (note: 44 years worth of nothing).” ” I hope we will play to win the FA Cup.”
“The most important thing now is the league, and I think we can be high in the table at the end of the season.” “I hope we play like that against Chelsea.” “If we play like that, we have a chance.”
“We’re disappointed. I think we played well.” “We had a lot of chances, but we didn’t score.” “If you have chances against that team, you have to score, because we they can score any time.”
“It was just a goal missing.” “David Silva had a massive impact when he came on.” “He’s a great player – he has very good technique.”
We don’t mean to criticise Ben Arfa, because he’s a good lad and sincere too, but there comes a time when actions speak louder than words, and what the Newcastle team need to do their talking on the pitch.
80% of fans thought we’d lose against City on Wednesday night, and currently 70% think we’ll lose against Chelsea tomorrow.
So we suppose there’s a little more hope against Chelsea tomorrow, but Newcastle would need to play at or near our very best to win the game.
And as far as winning something goes, I’ve already come to terms that will not happen again in my lifetime, and at least I was at St. James’ Park when we won the Inter Cities Fairs Cup back in May of 1969, with Bobby Moncure leading the side.
But there again, you never quite know with Newcastle do you?