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Newcastle boss Hughton delighted with instant Ben Arfa impact

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton is delighted with the instant impact made by Hatem Ben Arfa.

The 23-year-old Frenchman was handed his first start for the Magpies in last Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Everton, and responded with a stunning winning goal which rekindled memories of compatriots David Ginola and Laurent Robert.

Hughton said: "Of course I am aware of the things that have been said about him, but this is a wonderful opportunity for the lad. Right through this, he showed a great desire to come here. You have got to make sure you put them into an environment that is as healthy as possible and competitive as possible. You can only deal with situations as they arise. I am very, very aware of that, but he is a lad who has been very popular since the first couple of days he came in."

He added: "Certainly, I wouldn't anticipate any problems."

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