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Newcastle boss Hughton: Wrong to compare Ben Arfa with Robert, Ginola

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton is reluctant to compare Hatem Ben Arfa with Toon heroes Laurent Robert and David Ginola.

Hughton, while predicting Ben Arfa will have a big impact on the Premier League, has argued it is unfair to compare him to either of those two former United players as he is a completely different type of footballer.

He told The Journal: "He will certainly be a crowd pleaser, but he is a different sort of player to David Ginola or Laurent Robert. Ginola was a really strong player, six foot two, an athletic specimen and most would accept he was much better going forward than defending.

"The difference between the two is that David Ginola was a left winger. Even though he was right-footed, that was by far his best position.

"With Ben Arfa, he can vary his game a bit more, he can play on the left, on the right and certainly off the front and in a central position. He is certainly a gifted player.

"I can't really say who he is similar to. I've heard it say he may be like Laurent Robert, but that is probably because they're both French. I saw Laurent Robert as an out-and-out left winger who, like David Ginola, was better going one way than the other.

"Ben Arfa is also very much an offensive player, a gifted player on the ball who has a good eye for a pass and a change of pace. He is able to go past players."

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