Newcastle’s Challenge Now – How To Handle Ben Arfa


Now that the excitement of signing Ben Arfa at  Newcastle for next season will die down at least a little this weekend, Chris Hughton and some of the senior players at the club need to turn to other things.

Ben Arfa – mentor needed at Newcastle?

We have to turn to Ben Arfa’s character and behavior, which has hardly been great so far in his career.  The facts are that he is a difficult lad to deal with,  and has argued with both his team-mates and his manager during his career.

So we have to hope that once he arrives, our senior experienced players such as Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith and Steve Harper amongst others, take him out and ensure  he knows what the rules are at Newcastle.

Maybe even appointing somebody informally to keep a look-out for the lad – a mentor if you like – may be healthy because the very last thing we want to see is the team spirit and camaraderie at the club being upset by one player – however good he may be.

Hopefully those things are now in the past at the new Newcastle  United.

With the common sense shown by manager Chris Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood over the last 13 months or so, we have every confidence that Ben Arfa can settle down on Tyneside and contribute to the team.

And if he can do that  next season, and we expect he can and will, then Newcastle can sign him for a reported £5M – and that would be a very good deal for the Tyneside club, to say the least.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.


15 comments so far

  • Robin_S

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    I think you’re jumping the gut a little here Edd, this deal is far from concluded and could really swing either way.

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    I think you’re jumping the gun a bit there Ed, he’s not even been allowed to join us yet, so saying that the excitement can calm down a bit is a wee bit too early don’t you think!!!

    Do we know if the lads can speak English or will he have to learn, does CH have anyone for that job, a traslator maybe?? all these little things will help him, Enrique would be a good lad to use as a mentor as he’s Spanish, close to France & he’s loves the club, so thats my suggestion 🙂

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  • GeordieDan

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Just get him to grow a moustache and it’ll be happy days! lol

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  • TheMags

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Wait till he is offically signed then talk about what you want to do with him !!!

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    if we can sign him for 5-6 m, I don’t see any risk. it’s not the same as Owen case at all. And I think it’s no clever for him to get rid with Mr. barton, Smith or Carroll.

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  • Ericles

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Sign him first before Nolan takes him down to Mothercare!

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  • Tom

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    The deal isn’t even close to being done yet Ed. Marseille are still holding firm and refusing to sanction a loan deal. Ben Arfa has come over here off his own back to try and push something through.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Far from concluded-he could get some tips from Taylor and Carroll should he want to learn how to behave himself.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m not sure if he will be able to speak English, but on the whole my experience of the French (having lived here (Toulouse) for 4 months a year for the last 7 years) is that they pick up English fairly well, also this is football we are talking about, its hardly difficult to communicate is it? The formations and tactics are the same concepts no matter what language you speak!

    Also, the club will have a translator to help him out and as he is so keen to move to us if he doesn’t already speak English I am sure he will be keen to learn it!

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  • Bryan

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    I think everyone is right, the deal is still not concluded. We have been disappointed in the past but lets hope this transfer goes through because it will be a fantastic deal for NUFC. To get a player of his talent for peanuts is great.
    Lets not worry about his so called temperment at the end of the day all the lad wants to do is play football and if he performs on the pitch then thats fine for me.
    How do people think about going after Bellemy on loan as well? Still a great player with commitment and passion. I thought he was one of Man City’s best players last season. After all when he was here he fell out with Souness and a couple of the players. Well all them are gone now, so I think it would be a good signing.

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  • callie9

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope this puts an end to all those doom merchants on here this week slating ashley and CH because they wouldnt sign anybody. Keep the faith! As much of a prick that Ashley is, he wants Newcastle to be successful. That might be because he wants to inflate his own wallet, but at least we’re going the right way about it. I much prefer our business plan now compared to when we had Shepard. Keep the faith.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 14, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Solaidback, I agree about the Geordie Bull 😉 looking after him and just keeping him focused like the great man himself, ok Spanish, French, nearly the same lmao…. ” 2 beers please ” is usually enough for me to learn in other languages 😉

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  • James RS

    Aug 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #13

    If we eventually sign Ben Arfa, who is a very good player might it be a good idea to sign another French player to help him settle?

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  • danmcclew

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #14

    @ Ericles, hahahah that made me laugh alot

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  • baro

    Aug 14, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #15

    We need him b4 Manchester United game.

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