Ben Arfa Still Has Work To Do To Stay In Newcastle Side

We thought Ben Arfa was simply terrific in the game on Saturday, and he was a constant threat to Stoke City with his attacking play, and we noticed when he lost the ball he tracked back immediately to try to get the ball back.

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Alan Pardew – this is what you have to do to stay in the side

It will be hard for Alan Pardew to leave Ben Arfa out of the starting line-up against Arsenal after his Man of the Match performance on Saturday in the 5-1 win.

But that what may happen on Sunday, if Alan plays a 4-4-2 formation which he does when Cheick Tiote is available to play in that defensive midfield role.

This is what the Newcastle manager said today about the mercurial one:

“Hatem produced some great moments during the game. How he’s not scored I don’t know – he must have had 15 shots and a couple of them were exceptional efforts.”

“I keep saying to him that Gouffran and Sissoko have set the standard here, the sort of standard that you would expect at Bayern Munich from their wide players, and that’s what we need from Ben Arfa.

“If he brings that talent then he will get a regular place in the team.”

Sissoko and Gouffran work their socks of for the side, and they both track back and help out the defense all the time, and that looks what Alan Pardew wants to see from Hatem.

And we’re sure this is no surprise at all to Ben Arfa, and to be fair to him he now works very hard for the side, and he was pure skill, endeavor and entertainment on Saturday – what a player this las is when he’s on song – and he’s on song at the moment.

We hope to see Ben Arfa start on Sunday against Arsenal, but Alan Pardew has some tough decisions to make – which player to leave out – with most Newcastle players now in top form.

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