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

season.

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

place.”

Signings

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

well.”

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.”