Ben Arfa has trophy target

Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa believes ‘everything is in
place’ for future success at the club despite their struggles this

The Magpies have enjoyed some relief in recent games after a
troubled first half to the campaign which left them near the
Premier League relegation places.

Their inconsistent form came as a disappointment after Alan
Pardew led them to an impressive fifth-placed finish last term.

But Ben Arfa believes this year’s campaign will finish better
than expected, with Europa League success still within their reach,
and feels he can fulfil his trophy ambitions at St James’ Park in
the future.

The Frenchman, whose appearances for Newcastle this season have
been limited by a hamstring injury, told The Times: “It’s really
special to be back. I think we can turn this into a better season
than it might have seemed.

“I’d love to win titles, silverware. To give everything I can so
that at the end of my career I can look back and have no regrets.
Why not here? It’s a beautiful club.

“There’s everything here to succeed; a great stadium and
infrastructure, brilliant fans, good players. Everything is in


An influx of French signings in the winter transfer window has
given Newcastle a boost both domestically and in Europe, and Ben
Arfa has hailed the club’s recruitment drive.

“I feel a great sense of pride to see all the French players
arriving,” he said. “They are great signings. We’ve recruited very

Ben Arfa is keen to repay manager Pardew for the faith shown in
him, adding: “We have a good relationship.

“He’s given me a lot of responsibility, but he’s done it
gradually, so he’s learnt exactly where I play best. And he now has
confidence in me, which has really helped my game. I want to repay
him for that.”