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Ben Arfa urges Newcastle not to panic

Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa refuses to panic after their thrashing at Manchester City.

Ben Arfa insists trouble-torn Newcastle can repeat their heroics of two years ago and claim a top-five finish.

Toon's France international midfielder said: "This year we are going to be stronger than last.

"It's our objective to finish top 10, and I hope we can finish top five. That will be tough, but I'm confident. The Manchester City game has gone and now we have to turn our attention to West Ham on Saturday.

"I'll be doing everything for the team to maybe repeat what we did two years ago."

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