Hatem Ben Arfa is undoubtedly a very talented player who can produce moments of pure magic, both in terms of creating chances and scoring goals himself. However, Newcastle are in a strange position in that Yohan Cabaye is pretty much our only playmaker,
Alan Pardew, “We can go into Monday in a lot healthier position with the best possible players available. Hatem has a chance, as have Obertan, Gutierrez, Ba and Tiote too. I am hoping at least three of those can train today and the rest on Sunday”.
I’m not quite sure about the comment regarding Bordeaux….as surely that is the very least of our worries with qualification already assured and surely a very young/experienced side is going to take the pitch in France.
Alan Pardew; “It was really touch and go with Jonas, we had a tough week and it was a tough call on him (for Swansea). He had an injury where we could not risk losing him, especially after we’d lost Yohan Cabaye”.