Newcastle United want to win every game says Hatem Ben Arfa

ARF-ING A LAUGH: Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa celebrates his goal at Villa Park
ARF-ING A LAUGH: Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa celebrates his goal at Villa Park

HATEM Ben Arfa is looking for Newcastle United to wipe out the memory of the club’s defeat to Hull City – by taking a step towards Wembley.

Ben Arfa and his team-mates take on Leeds United at St James’s Park tomorrow in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Alan Pardew’s side were booed off the pitch after Saturday’s dismal 3-2 loss to Hull, who twice came from behind to deservedly claim all three points.

Ben Arfa – who set up both goals in Newcastle’s 2-0 second-round win over Morecambe after coming off the bench – was a peripheral figure in the game.

And the 27-year-old – who wants the club to go all the way in the competition – keen to play against Championship side Leeds.

“We want to win the cup,” Ben Arfa said.

“We want to win every game. Every competition is important.”

Ben Arfa has been challenged by Pardew to add a consistency to his game this season after recovering from the hamstring injury which saw him miss the bulk of last term.

The forward netted goals in Newcastle’s Premier League wins over Aston Villa and Fulham.

But he struggled to make any kind of impression against Hull in a game from which only goalscorer Loic Remy emerged with any real credit.

“I did a big pre-season, and the manager told me I had to be consistent every game,” said Ben Arfa.

“The most important game is the next game.

“I have to play every game at a high level. That’s my objective.”

Meanwhile, tickets for the game, priced £20 for adults, £10 for students and £5 for concessions are on sale from the club’s ticket office.