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Ben Arfa fit for drop scrap

Hatem Ben Arfa has declared himself "100 per cent fit" for Newcastle's nervy Premier League run-in.

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Hatem Ben Arfa: Hampered by injuries this season

Hatem Ben Arfa: Hampered by injuries this season

The Frenchman has appeared as a substitute in the Magpies' last three games after finally shaking off a hamstring problem which had previously allowed him to start just one game since December.

But with relegation fears lingering, Ben Arfa says he is ready to help drag Alan Pardew's side further clear of relegation trouble.

Speaking in the club's matchday programme ahead of Saturday's clash with Liverpool, Ben Arfa said: "My hamstring is completely fine now and I feel happy that the injury has gone and I can return to full fitness. I am 100 per cent fit.

"I'm happy that I have come back into the team slowly and gradually. The manager and the doctor have put in place a programme to ensure I return gradually rather than rush back and get further problems in the future.

"I am happy with the work of the backroom staff and the manager because this was my first muscular injury and it was important that the healing ran its

course."

Newcastle head into the weekend six points clear of the drop zone with four games remaining.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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