Ben Arfa is having trouble getting a start at Newcastle these days, with Alan Pardew preferring players like Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy on the wings, who work hard and track back for the side, something that isn’t one of Ben Arfa’s strong points.
Ben Arfa – willing to play anywhere
Ben Arfa has been interviewed in the local press today:
“I’ll play anywhere on the pitch if the gaffer thinks it’s best for the team.” “I’ll give 100% anywhere he puts me. I’ll play anywhere – just not goalkeeper!”
“I’m a professional football player – I have to give everything on the pitch.” “It is the same for all the players.”
We don’t think there’s much chance of Ben Arfa starting against Norwich on Saturday afternoon, since Alan Pardew will be relying on the players who have won the last two games against Chelsea and Tottenham, at least for the starting eleven.
But the Frenchman could be used in the second half on Saturday, depending on the state of the game.
And apparently the French star has been told there is still a way back for him into the France squad under Didier Deschamps, his former manager at Marseilles, but that depends on his form for Newcastle.
So Ben Arfa has every reason to want to play (very) well for Newcastle, if he has any chance of making his first World Cup next summer in Brazil, and that cannot be bad.
And it’s clear the 26 year-old has matured since he arrived in Tyneside just over three years ago from Marseilles.
What do you think?
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