When Ben Arfa was introduced in last Saturday’s game against Norwich City after 83 minutes, the Frenchman was able to offer some threat up front and help take some pressure off the Newcastle defense, and we managed to get over the line with our third league win in a row, thanks in part to the 13 times capped French International.
Ben Arfa – still a valuable player for Newcastle
And surprisingly Ben Arfa has not been in the starting line-up now for a while, simply because players like Yohan Gouffran and now Shola Ameobi, are in great form for the Magpies.
Alan Pardew is going out of his way to praise the Frenchman’s attitude and character during this rough period for the mercurial winger, and the Newcastle manager had this to say about the 26 year-old:
“I think he has shown how good his attitude has been when he came on against Norwich last week.” ‘He changed the emphasis of the game. He made us more dangerous and gave us a bit of pace.”
“He changed the fact that Norwich were constantly at us and that helped us get over the line. He is in a great place and he could be significant against West Brom today.”
“‘His attitude has come as no surprise to me. I’ve been with Hatem now since I have been here, three years almost, and I would like to think he respects my decisions.”
“I certainly respect his. I think that helps in his mind. He is a character who is going to have a big impact on our season.” “He has got to hope an opportunity arises.”
“At the minute, the players are not giving him an opportunity. That is good news for me but not so good news for him.”
We may well need Ben Arfa in the second half tomorrow afternoon, in the late kickoff home game against West Brom.
It will definitively be a tough game, but a win would simply be fantastic and give is our fourth league win in a row.
Maybe Hatem Ben Arfa can help us get that victory tomorrow?
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