Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 12/10/12
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Hatem Ben Arfa is feeling the love at Newcastle United as he continues to develop in his career. The Frenchman has become a key part of Alan Pardew's plans after his skilful performances played a key role in helping to secure fifth place in the Premier League last season. Ben Arfa, 25, is again expected to be included in Newcastle's starting XI when they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Monday night. And the former Marseille man is hoping to repay his fans who have helped him settle in a career which in the past had not been without controversy and bust-ups. "I feel very happy in Newcastle, I feel welcome, I feel loved here," Ben Arfa said in The Independent. "I love the city, I love the place. I love it when the fans come to meet me, or they come to see me." Ben Arfa's time at Newcastle has not been without difficulties after suffering a sickening double leg break from a tackle by Manchester City's Nigel de Jong in 2010. The injury came just four games into the France int...
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