Premier League: Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa happy at Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa: The Frenchman is expected to face Fulham on Monday night

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Hatem Ben Arfa is feeling the love at Newcastle United as he continues to develop in his career.

The Frenchman has become a key part of Alan Pardew's plans after his skilful performances played a key role in helping to secure fifth place in the Premier League last season.

Ben Arfa, 25, is again expected to be included in Newcastle's starting XI when they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Monday night.

And the former Marseille man is hoping to repay his fans who have helped him settle in a career which in the past had not been without controversy and bust-ups.

"I feel very happy in Newcastle, I feel welcome, I feel loved here," Ben Arfa said in The Independent.

"I love the city, I love the place. I love it when the fans come to meet me, or they come to see me."

Ben Arfa's time at Newcastle has not been without difficulties after suffering a sickening double leg break from a tackle by Manchester City's Nigel de Jong in 2010.

The injury came just four games into the France international's career at St James' Park following an initial loan move but he believes the recovery process helped his development.

"I think there is a reason I had that experience, maybe to learn more," he said.

"I am happy to have had that experience today but not then. I can be philosophical about it now. It is a very good thing. I have learned from the experience."

What will be the outcome in the match Fulham vs Newcastle?

  • Fulham
  • Draw
  • Newcastle