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Newcastle boss Pardew explains Ben Arfa subs role

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits Hatem Ben Arfa faces a battle to get back into the starting XI.

Ben Arfa started defeat to Arsenal on the bench.

"Hatem has to get in front of Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko and that ain't going to be easy because they've been brilliant," said Pardew ahead of today's trip to West Brom.

"But I have no worries about him. I think Hatem's in great shape.

"Hatem is an exciting player, but at the moment he is fighting two very good players for a place in the team."

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