Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa believes that the Magpies can finish inside the top five this season, despite a humiliating setback on the opening day at Manchester City.

The Frenchman, who has been at the club since 2011, has become one of manager Alan Pardew's most important players in the last two seasons and the club will need him fit and firing if they are to avoid another relegation scrap.

However, the winger feels that his side can aim higher than that, and he told The Sun: "Our objective is to finish in the top 10 and I hope we can finish top five.

"That is going to be tough but I'm confident. The Manchester City game has gone and now we have to turn our attention to West Ham on Saturday."

This belief comes despite manager Pardew only making one addition to a team that finished two places above the drop zone last season, the capture of Loic Remy from QPR.

Ben Arfa added: "I will be doing everything for the team to maybe repeat what we did two years ago.

"We will be stronger than last year. There's confidence in the squad. We think we can do something good this season."

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