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Newcastle's Ben Arfa aims for the top, Sunderland's Jozy Altidore 'gutted'

Here's all the latest news from Newcastle and Sunderland, featuring Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Di Canio and Altidore.

The Sunderland Echo reports that Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is aiming for a top five finish this season.

Ben Arfa scored in his second game in a row in the win against Aston Villa on Saturday, and despite some doom and gloom around the club he believes they can have a successful season.

He told the paper: I said at the start of the season we can do top five, I’m still thinking that way'.

‘With this formation, we know we can score almost any time, there is big talent in this team.’

The Daily Mirror reports that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said that keeping Yohan Cabaye will be the Magpies best bit of business this season, as he is so important to the team.

‘Yohan is just as important to us as Rooney is to Manchester United. He’s a player who carries the heartbeat and the rhythm of the team.’

In the meantime, The Sunderland Echo also reports that Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio is not angry over the referees’ decisions in his sides’ loss against Arsenal on Saturday.

He told the paper: ‘It was a mistake from the referee. In my view, that moment decided the outcome of the game; it can happen he is human.’

‘But it was a mistake and no one can disagree with that.’

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The newspaper also reports that Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore was ‘gutted’ after his goal was ruled out against Arsenal.

‘I didn’t hear the whistle or anything. I don’t think Sagna heard anything because he kept going and I think it was (Kieran) Gibbs who tried to get it out of the goal so he obviously didn’t hear anything either.’

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