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Newcastle star relieved with international break

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Ben Arfa will leave on international duty for France. (©GettyImages)
Ben Arfa will leave on international duty for France. (©GettyImages).

Newcastle's star-man, Hatem Ben Arfa, believes the Toon players will go on international duty relieved and optimistic after Saturday's 1-0 win against Fulham. 

The Magpies number ten has joined-up with the France squad as they travel to Georgia for their World Cup qualifier in group I. 

Les Blues currently sit a point behind group leaders Spain having each played half their games. 

Ben Arfa, whose 86th minute strike won all three points at the weekend, told nufc.com, he knows just what the result will do for the club and it's players and that it could not have been achieved without the support of the Geordie faithful. 

"If you don't have a crowd like that, maybe you don't win. I think we wouldn't have won because they push and make pressure for the other team and give more power for us," said the Frenchman. 

The win followed a frustrating home match against West Ham United that ended 0-0 but Ben Arfa continued to practice his shooting during the week and it all came good in the end. 

"Against West Ham, every ball went into the sky. But I repeat, repeat, repeat and when you work, you see the results," he added. 

As the game progressed, Fulham began to opt for a point and only the introduction of on-loan forward Loic Remy from QPR could increase the intensity in order to stretch Fulham and create chances. 

However, the Newcastle fans were becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of attempts but continued to urge the team forward. 

"They support us to keep going, keep going. They come to support us when we win, when we lose, and that is a big thing for the team," he explained.

The 26-year-old is now ready to enjoy the international break, safe in the knowledge that Newcastle's season may just be about to move up a gear. 

"Now we have two weeks and we can work very hard, with confidence, with serenity," he concluded. 

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