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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.

Last Updated: 25/02/13 at 10:27 Post Comment

Hatem Ben Arfa: Wants to win silverware with Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa: Wants to win silverware with Newcastle

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."

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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."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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