Speaking to L’Equipe this week, Hatem Ben Arfa has been speaking about how Newcastle United have helped him to find his place in life and on the pitch.

‘Confident with his club Newcastle, Hatem Ben Arfa confirms he is calmer and seems to have found his place on the football field. He hopes to be the in middle of the European adventure with “les bleus”’ (Thanks as always to Pierre for the translation skills)

Hatem Ben Arfa
“ …on the pitch I have retained my strong points and I have tried to eliminate my weak points…right wing is a position that I like very much and I am liking it more and more, it is true to say that currently at Newcastle I tend to play more in that  position than at Marseille where I was playing more on the left but today I feel better playing on the right I think it is the position that I prefer these days…yes I have typical movement from the right side but with regards to the middle or attack I feel I can also play there but today following the last few months with my club I have a more natural play on the right…today with the break we have had I feel I have recuperated and have some good legs during the training , I feel I have “du gaz!”( some oomph!!!some gas!) yeah du gaz! As soon as  I’ve got the ball…du gaz!”.

Great to see Hatem looking very relaxed and in a positive frame of mind, particularly when you bear in mind he has twice been called up for the initial squad for major championships only to not make the final cut. With his end of season form on top of the massive groundswell of support he has back in France, it seems most unlikely to us that he will find himself unlucky a third time when the squad is finalised next week.

Interesting to see that Ben Arfa sees the right wing as his natural place now and that is a huge tribute to Alan Pardew’s management.

Earlier in the season we interviewed Alan Pardew and he was adamant that Ben Arfa’s only position was the ‘Number 10′, playing behind the striker.

So it is hats off for him having the rethink and then getting the very best out of a player who has proved difficult to handle at his past clubs.

7 comments
TonnekToon
TonnekToon

One thing we know for certain now , Fatty's shot his bolt. there's no way he can pull his little end of season stunt again , fool me once etc.  I can't wait to hear all the excuses .

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Beginning to think the lack of getting a proper manager in at the end of last season was a cunning ploy to give fatty more breathing room to NOT sign anyone as we needed the coaches sorted first. With how rubbish we were at the end of the season surely we needed a full pre-season with as many new signings as possible with only a few late additions to help us out?  Instead we are likely to be going into the opening game with little to no cohesion, if we get anyone in at all.  

In typical form we will no doubt sign an injury prone player late on, throw him in with no pre-season and watch as he either flounders because of lack of fitness or just gets crocked and we waste an entire season on him.  Where have we heard this before...

Andgeo
Andgeo

The only way is to get rid of ashley and charnley. There is the common sense approach that every other football club would take and the there is this lot. They will never get it right because they don't know how to.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

@Andgeo and they won't appoint & defer to someone with more knowledge because it will involve the priority becoming more football related rather than financial profiteering.

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

@DownUnderMag @Andgeo

And the only reason we now have these four on the board is simply to buy their silence and conformity to the cause. No other possible reason....All yes-men and willing to sell their soul for a bundle of Donnay socks. 

How the mighty have fallen..............!   HWTF.

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

Closing in on that magic 100.  Don't spoil it, Newcastle, by actually signing a player.