Music to Newcastle’s ears

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It’s the news that Newcastle United have been waiting nine months to hear. Hatem Ben Arfa has declared himself 100% fit and ready and raing to go for the new season. The 24 year old Frenchman of course suffered a horrendous leg break at the hands of Nigel de Jong and Newcastle fans were starved of seeing the talented attacking midfielder in action. We were given a taste of what might have been to come with his stunning strike against Everton, and hopefully next season Ben Arfa will give the Toon Army more to remember him by. This is what he said earlier this week…

“It was a very serious injury, of course, and took a long time to recover from, but I’m 100% fit now. A lot of my recovery was done at Clairefontaine, the French football centre, where I was under the control of the doctor who did the operation back in October. I also came back to Newcastle for various updates with the club’s medical staff here, then back to Clairefontaine to continue the recovery, and I managed to get a couple of breaks in as well because you need that to keep the morale going. And now I’m no longer under the doctor, so all the hard work has paid off. It was a very, very difficult few months and I’m really happy that now it’s all over and I can get cracking. I’m really eager to get back.”

This really is music to Newcastle fans’ ears and it might be a bit of a cliche, but having Ben Arfa back will be like Alan Pardew having a brand new player to pick. Pardew himself already seems to be pinning a lot of his hopes on the Frenchman, and the fact that Newcastle went out of their way to make Ben Arfa’s loan deal permanent in January, despite the midfielder being injured, says that he’s rated very highly at St James’ Park. Now let’s just hope that he comes back the same player after his injury and can light up the Premier League next season, leading Newcastle’s French Revolution.

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