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Santon: Ben Arfa is Newcastle´s best

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 24 Nov 2012

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Newcastle defender Davide Santon said his side’s task to improve their Premier League fortunes is made tougher by Hatem Ben Arfa’s absence.

The Frenchman, who Santon described as his side’s best player this season, has a hamstring injury, and although manager Alan Pardew is optimistic it will only keep his star attacking midfielder out for two weeks, Santon said he will be missed.

“He’s a really big player for us,” Santon told the Northern Echo.

“I think we will miss him.

“He’s an amazing player and we need him on the pitch. We will have to try a different type of player. He’s been the best player for us this season and being without him will be difficult for us on Sunday. But we have to win, 100 per cent, because we need this win.”

Injuries and suspensions have dogged Newcastle, with Yohan Cabaye and Fabricio Coloccini both to miss their upcoming clash with Southampton on Sunday, and Santon acknowledged the Magpies had not had much luck this term.

“This is the toughest time the club has been through since I’ve been here,” Santon said.

“Last year was a really great year, finishing in fifth position. This year has been a little bit more difficult.

“We’ve had a lot of players injured and suspended but we can’t just think it’s difficult, we’ve got to be positive and just think about getting a win at Southampton. We’ve all got to give a little more and it’s important for us to work hard. We won’t have Hatem so we just have to keep playing and try to find a solution to win the game.”

The disruption to their squad means Santon is the only Magpies player to have featured in every Premier League game so far this campaign, and the defender noted the unsettled nature of the team may have contributed to their five match winless run.

“It’s difficult because if you’re playing with the same players, it’s easier,” the former Inter man added.

“But when you change the players every game because one’s injured or one’s suspended, it’s difficult to keep the same performances. It’s just tough.”

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