Newcastle's Ben Arfa: I've matured this season

Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa says he's matured this season. Ben Arfa has been in exciting form since January.

Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa says he's matured this season.

Ben Arfa has been in exciting form since January.

"I have matured and grown, especially with this long injury but, deep down, I remain the same," he told The Independent.

"The other day in training everybody shouted at me because after tricking the goalkeeper I then waited again to trick him again and then shot wide. I know it annoys everyone and I know I won't change. But, it's that kind of football that I like.

"However, I am adapting and I am correcting myself to fit into the professional mould because I know I am paid to win matches and not to amuse myself, but learning to adapt doesn't mean I will forget my instinct."

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