HATEM Ben Arfa can open up Chelsea at St James’s Park tomorrow – if his Newcastle United team-mates can get him on the ball.
Ben Arfa’s set for his first home start for more than 14 months.
The forward came into the side away to Manchester City last month after Leon Best was ruled out through injury.
Ben Arfa kept his place for last weekend’s visit to Manchester United, where he won the controversial penalty converted by Demba Ba.
However, Ben Arfa didn’t see enough of the ball in either game, according to United manager Alan Pardew.
And Pardew’s looking forward to seeing the 24-year-old start a game at St James’s Park, where he feels he can have more of an influence on the game.
“You’d like to think Hatem would have a little bit more of the ball, and see more possession,” Pardew told SportMail.
“If he does, hopefully, he’ll have more moments.
“He had moments in the two games where he’s done something we know no-one else can do.
“He’s worked hard. He understands the ethic of the team, and hopefully he can put a performance in with the work ethic we expect, and his quality comes through.”
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