Hughton – We Have Been Absolutely Delighted With Ben Arfa


There has been talk in the papers this week, about Ben Arfa’s  history at previous clubs, Lyon and Marseilles, but Newcastle manager Chris Hughton doesn’t think there’ll be any problems with the brilliant Frenchman.

Ben Arfa – what a goal!!

Chris talked about his highly rated youngster, who is on a season long loan deal at the Newcastle United club:

“Of course I am aware of the things that have been said about him, but this is a wonderful opportunity for the lad.” “Right through this, he showed a great desire to come here. You have got to make sure you put them into an environment that is as healthy as possible and competitive as possible.”

“You can only deal with situations as they arise. I am very, very aware of that, but he is a lad who has been very popular since the first couple of days he came in.” “Certainly, I wouldn’t anticipate any problems.”

Ben Arfa made his debut as a substitute in the terrible 2-0 home defeat against Blackpool just two weeks ago, but the youngster showed his true worth to Newcastle with a simply magnificent winning goal against Everton last Saturday.

That goal has been shown time and time again on TV – and what a terrific strike that was.

And from what we have heard from the Newcastle players about Ben Arfa in training, the Newcastle fans have seen nothing yet.

Apparently Ben Arfa has been simply outstanding in training,  and indeed we were told he hits shots like the one at Everton, three and four times in training every day – show off! 😀

Chris continued:

“As with all gifted players, it’s how you use them in the team and the work ethic they have and what they can produce on the football pitch.” “But the one thing that doesn’t change – the most important thing is always going to be the team.”

“Whether it be a gifted Ben Arfa or a player who perhaps plays in a little bit of a different role, it doesn’t make any difference, what they have got to do is work hard for the football team.” “We have been absolutely delighted with him so far.”

That’s a great philosophy stated there by the Newcastle manager, and he’s so right.

Players who get little or no publicity, and who seem not as skillful as some of the other players in the side, are just as important to the team – which is all important.

One player that quickly comes to mind there is Nobby Stiles, who was the defensive midfield player in the England side that won the World Cup back in 1966 – and the old time readers of this blog will know exactly what we mean.

But the team is the most important thing, and Chris is so right to stress that, and as the saying goes – there’s no I in team.

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18 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #1

    he knows exactly what to say, i think we should tie hoots down to a longer more lucrative contract asap or someone will come in for him

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    also lads i need a little help if you can, i live in South Shields and i just want to know if they is anywher bar the Back page in newcastle tht do the travel to away matches as im planning on going down to the emirates and need transport cos i dont fancie drivin down ther

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Hoots says all the right things and seems to be making all the right desicions, he also has a very good eye for a player. ben Arfa will be getting all the plaudits in the coming weeks, and rightly so as he is a MAGnificent player but I can see Tiote having just as an important and influential (if not more so) a role as Ben Arfa this seasion. Add these two into the very hard working and gifted team that got promotion and we have a platform for success in the future.
    Agreee with GeordieToon that we need to get Hoots to sign on the dotted line for a very long extension to his current contract.

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  • newcastle10

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    arsenal in carling cup at home

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    F***ing hell!!!

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  • MacToon

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #6

    OMG, atleast we have a home draw against Arsenal!

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  • shearermania

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    we’ll have to do it the hard way eh boys…if we to win the carling cup…hopefully arsene will play his kids

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    PHEEWWW Thank God, Lawro has predicted us for a draw tomorrow, would have been more pleased if he had us down for a loss, but would have been very worried of he had us down for a win.
    🙂

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9

    How unlucky are we !!
    If we win it i have a feeling we will have to beat
    Arsenal manure and Villa !!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    why do we always get the bloody hard draws i swear its fixed lmao.!! atleast were playing at home though =] be getting my tickets soon as they released

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #11

    arsenal wont be playin all kids cos he needs to win a trophy he says he guna take the carling cup seriously this season to try and win something cos thav won nowt in years, had a very strong team against tottenham, i think we could be alryt bt we can really play a very strong team as we play mackems few days later

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    we cant**

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  • Doha Mag

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Arsenal at home you say; when is the game and who do Man Utd play?

    Hopefully they’ve got a tricky away game against a PL side…..

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  • lewisnufc

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Geordie Toon –

    if your thinking about travelling down to the emirates i seriously recommend not going with the back page. You cant consume alcohol on the bus and that makes it a very boring and longtrip. What we usual do is book our own coach and go down in force, in voice and having the time of our lives!

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  • stevep

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #15

    @Ed – It was sad to see you jump straight on the bandwagon with your Ben Arfa better behave or he’s out rant, talk about cart and horse.
    Very poor headline grabbing, no wonder the papers think we’re deluded
    One more thing is that you keep saying we when these are quite obviously your own opinions, please start using the singular I in these cases as you do not speak for the rest of us but are simply stating your opinion – maybe you’ll have better luck on your epl blog
    an ex nufcblog.com reader

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  • lewisnufc

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #16

    stevep, why be a dick? he states we because theres more than one person involved with the running of the blog, so he states ‘their’ opinions… why even read the blog if all your going to do is complain?

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  • slazberger

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #17

    seeya stevep. i would like to say you’ll be missed but if thats your input then unfortunately i can’t

    ed is just reporting what is in the press for all newcastle fans to debate and discuss. his son is also a newcastle fan so this maybe the reason he uses ‘we’.

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  • moonraker

    Sep 26, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #18

    stevep; lighten up mate!!! 🙂

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