YOHAN Cabaye has urged his Newcastle team-mates to finish what they have started – as the Magpies chase a European spot, writes GARY FOSTER.
The Tynesiders remain sixth in the Premier League after Sunday’s tempestuous Tyne-Wear derby, and are just two points behind fifth-placed Chelsea.
But Cabaye, looking ahead to Monday’s visit to fourth-top Arsenal, said: “We hope it’s not finished yet. We have to keep going and finish the job – we just want to finish strongly in the last 11 games.
“Getting into Europe is the aim of all of the players.”
Meanwhile, Hatem Ben Arfa insists he is committed to Newcastle – and wants to become the new Eric Cantona.
The Frenchman has struggled to win a starting berth under Alan Pardew since his return from a career-threatening injury.
But Ben Arfa says he is happy with life, shown by an impressive second-half display against Sunderland on Sunday.
He said: “I have already played at Milan, Madrid and Barcelona, but it is in England that I feel the best when I am on the pitch.
“I’d like to conquer England like Cantona did.
“I see my ambitions the same now as at the start – to become one of the best. Of course I have lost a bit of time in my career, but, in my life, I have the impression I have gained some.
“But let’s see in three or four years. Then, I see myself at the top, winning for example the World Cup in Brazil or the Ballon D’Or. Because I still have lots of dreams.”
H West Ham striker Frederic Piquionne made an instant impact for Doncaster last night, having joined on loan for an initial month.His blistering 30-yarder sparked a vital 2-1 win at fellow Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest, moving Rovers off the bottom at the expense of crisis club Portsmouth.
H Leeds have signed Bolton left-back Paul Robinson, 33, on loan until April 9.
Leyton Orient have signed Leeds goalkeeper Paul Rachubka on a one-month loan.