Newcastle 2-0 Bolton

Ben Arfa helps demolish Toon cliches

April 10, 2012
By Andy Brassell at St James' Park
(Archive)
Every morning before training, Hatem Ben Arfa takes breakfast at the palatial Jesmond Dene House hotel, overlooking the beatific, mazy park sculpted by Lord Armstrong in the 1860s. If it is a setting that seems out of step with the image of a man caricatured as the ultimate enfant terrible, it is representative of a change in his outlook; a switch which could be said to represent the modern Newcastle United in microcosm.

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