Hatem Ben Arfa wants a run

Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa has stated that he was glad to get a rare start against Arsenal on Monday night, and is eyeing a regular place in the team.

The France international attacker has suffered with long-standings injuries since moving to Tyneside, but scored the Toon’s opener against Arsene Wenger’s men on Monday night’s 2-1 defeat.

Ben Arfa was disappointed with losing the game, but from a personal perspective wants to play on a more regular basis.

“It was a good goal from me, but we lost, so it doesn’t mean anything,” he told The Sun.

“I am very disappointed and in the next game, we have to win. We have 10 games left now and we have to be prepared to achieve something at the end of the season.

“I was very happy to start and I am very happy to be on the pitch. I hope to do much more for the team when I am on the pitch. I am doing everything I can.

“I want to start games — every player wants that. Now I start it is good, I hope I keep going to play more and more for the team between now and the end of the season,” he confessed.

Meanwhile, Geordie boss Alan Pardew is hopeful that Cheik Tiote will be fit to face Norwich this weekend.

“Cheick had cramp,” Pardew told the Evening Chronicle.

“We had no subs left, and we were losing bodies. Demba Ba, for example, could hardly move.

“We’re just hoping it was a bit of cramp,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight