I just want Arfa chance

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By FRANK McCAULEY

HATEM BEN ARFA says he is ready to strut his stuff for Hull – now he is fi­nally fully fit.

The French mid­fielder has not started a Premier League match since March and was or­dered to train with the youth team at New­cas­tle by boss Alan Pardew be­fore his loan switch to the Tigers.


The 27-year-old has made two league sub ap­pear­ances for Steve Bruce’s side and now feels ready to show what he can do.

Hull face Arse­nal at the Emi­rates on Satur­day and Ben Arfa said: “My fit­ness lev­els have im­proved an aw­ful lot since I first ar­rived at this club.

“They have got bet­ter with each train­ing ses­sion. I have worked specif­i­cally on ses­sions to im­prove my fit­ness. That has worked and I’m at a level where I want to be so that I can make an im­pact on the team. “I am ready to show how I can play.” Ben Arfa says his con­fi­dence has soared now he is be­ing shown some love by Hull boss Bruce.

“I am back train­ing with fel­low pro­fes­sion­als ev­ery sin­gle day, which makes me happy,” he added.

“I feel as though I’ve been given a new lease of life un­der Steve Bruce and the coach­ing staff here.

“It’s im­por­tant for any player, at ev­ery level of the game, that his man­ager wants him. Steve Bruce wants me and that makes me happy.”

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