Enthusiastic Ben Arfa Has Settled In Quickly At Newcastle


Newcastle had no penetration down the wings and were attacking through the middle too much, which made it easier for Blackpool to defend.

Ben Arfa – has settled in quickly at Newcastle

That’s one of the synopsis of last week’s game, and the TV commentators were saying Newcastle were far too narrow during the game, and Bobby Moncur blamed that for the way Blackpool were able to contain the Magpies, and it’s probably close to the truth.

And both our wingers last week – Gutierrez and Routledge,  didn’t have particularly good games, which is one reason we’d like to see  Ben Arfa to start on one of the wings today at Everton, and probably on the left wing..

Chris Hughton talked to day about Newcastle’s two wingers:

“With all players you look at the qualities we have and we’re very aware of the qualities Jonas brings to the team.” “Amongst that, there will be good games and bad games, that’s the nature of the position he plays.”

“Wayne Routledge didn’t have, by his standards, the best of games last Saturday. Similarly he plays in a position that’s an offensive position where generally you’ll be up and down more than your more stable centre-half and full-back positions. We’re very aware of what Jonas brings to the team.”

But it seems like Hatem Ben Arfa is settling in quickly on Tyneside, and from what we’ve seen of the lad, he should be a starter for the team, and sooner rather than later.

But of course whether he gets his first start this afternoon is debatable,  and as usual Chris is giving nothing away as he talked about the skillful 23 year-old French International:

“He’s come with a lot of enthusiasm. Still one area that’s always difficult when foreign players come is a real grasp of the language. Although he speaks decent English, it’s always difficult in that initial period when you’ve got lots of players with different dialects.”

“We do it the right way with every new player. We gather all the players outside and officially welcome them to the club. We ask them to make sure we treat each player that comes exactly the same way they treat everybody, and that’s really incorporating them in the group.”

“Ben Arfa has got an English teacher, but the best way for any foreign player is being around the other players listening to the jokes, wind-ups and what have you. This group of players have always been very good at welcoming anybody in.”

It’s good to know Newcastle are taking care of their players these days, and of course that’s down a lot to the senior bunch at the club, led of course by captain Kevin Nolan, who only yesterday said that Ben Arfa was going to become a big big player for the Newcastle club.

We may be biased, but we’d love to see the 23 year-old start this afternoon, on either wing.

Comments welcome.



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5 comments so far

  • jimiley

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Jonas has been a major disappointment so far this season. We all know what he brings to the team. No goals, no shots and weak crosses. And he is an international Argentinian winger? The hand of God is obviously a better judge than me.

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  • pearceet

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    After these comments jonas and ben arfa will start for sure

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  • Jarra

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    hi my first psot so be gentle with me if you disagree with my post.
    This is a long slog this season and one which we must stay in the premier league as relegation will be even worse second time around.
    CH has done well though if I am honest not sure he is for me tactically or of strong enough character, I hope I am prove wrong.
    He has installed a team spirit which is excellent however I hope he is stronger than the team spirit and can make brave changes when required.
    For me with the squad we have he has to be positve when the potential of maximum points are achievable such as last week.
    My positive team would be by November to allow for gradual change would be
    KRUL
    COLO CAMPBEL WILLIAMSON ENRIQUE
    TIOTE
    ROUTLEDGE or JONAS GUTHRIE BARTON
    BEN ARFA
    CARROLL

    At this time we have limited real premier forwards, I do like the look of RANGER and also some of the second string midfied.
    What I d hope is that CH gives me the feeling of hope at the start of each match and that the lads give 100% as I do supporting the Black and White.
    Howay the lads

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  • alex84

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    couldnt sleep last night, really hope we win today, my best mates a everton fan and cant think of anything worse than havin him smirking at me… come on hughts start with arfa drop smith and lets attack! 1-2 to the toon!!!

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  • Sinner

    Sep 18, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Anyone heard about this rumour:
    http://www.goal.com/en/news/10/italy/2010/09/18/2124488/newcastle-united-plot-15-million-january-swoop-for?

    This made lol. 😀
    well its from goal.

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