Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hatem's Chance to Be a Legend; BIG CHANCE FOR HATEM

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hatem's Chance to Be a Legend; BIG CHANCE FOR HATEM

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com

HATEM BEN Arfa has been urged to take his chance to shine on the big stage by Alan Pardew.

The Londoner wants the playmaker to help fill the void left by his main creative talent in Yohan Cabaye.

Ben Arfa sparkled in the Tyne-Wear derby in 2012, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

But he knows he could book himself a place in Geordie folklore this lunchtime. Pardew has praised his attitude in the build-up to the derby against Sunderland.

"I said to him, 'You have been waiting and you have been patient', because he has conducted himself well in and around the building and his temperament has been great," Pardew said.

"Now his time has come and in football, you have to take the moment when it arrives."

Pardew is also expected to give Shola Ameobi a chance in what could be his final derby.

He said: "Shola comes alive in these big fixtures and he will certainly be part of my thinking. …

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