Pardew – Ben Arfa Could Become A Massive Force At Newcastle


Ben Arfa made only four appearances with one very special goal last season for Newcastle, but he did enough to convince Newcastle fans he was a special talent indeed.

Ben Arfa scoring that wonderful goal against Everton last September

That goal was the winner and only  goal at Everton, when he got the ball 30 yards out, moved to his left a couple of steps and then thundered in an amazing shot that gave Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard no chance at all – a fabulous goal from the French  youngster.

And today the Newcastle manager has come out and said the 24 year-old is indeed a special talent.

Alan Pardew is hoping that the French International,  who suffered a double leg break last season at Eastlands, , will have a  massive influence at St James’ Park and will play the role of second striker.

That was the role that Kevin Nolan played for the last two seasons and scored 30 goals in the process, and that may suggest why Newcastle were unwilling to give Kevin a new five year contract, and why he decided to leave  for second division West Ham United.

Newcastle took a big chance on the Frenchman  when they pushed through the £5M transfer Ben Arfa  from Marseilles in January, despite his serious injury.

Pardew sensibly held Ben Arfa back at the end of last season, and never played him, even though the youngster was keen to show the appreciative Newcastle fans he was back to his best.

This is what Alan Pardew said last night:

“But for the injury and a bit of growing up he could be a massive force in the game.”

“We have him back and in full training and that makes us stronger.”

“Gerard Houllier asked me how he was doing and he said he was a special, special talent.”

Newcastle have signed four new players this summer already, but we forget that we also have Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa, who made just 5 appearances between them last season – so in reality it’s  six new players Newcastle have all ready  to go for next season.

That cannot be too bad.

Howay The Lads!!

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42 comments so far

  • Spike

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Denying the 1st brigade again!!

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  • seanodinho

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • seanodinho

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #3

    crap

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  • Spike

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Ha ha, denied!

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #5

    are all you deludes folks happy with lamearses statement
    “I can assure everyone that not a single penny of the £35 million has left the club and neither will it. It is all going back in.”

    Looks like the wallet is clased

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  • Spike

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Like six new signings:

    1. Ben Arfa – double leg break
    2. Gosling – knee
    3. Marvaux – Groin
    4. Ba – knee
    5. Abeid – reserves atm
    6. Cabaye – replacement for Nolan

    I’m reasonably happy so far, but Llamearse says the transfer business is done, Pardieu says one or two more.

    I hope this is just the start. If they all stay fit I think the team is much better than last season on paper – I hope our totally new midfield gel and play together.

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #7

    HBA massive force + massive fee

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  • bollance

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Houllier did us a massive favour.. AV used to be much better than us. McLeish will finish off the job

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  • 09nufc09

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Cynicals ( steve wraith brain washed )… “i can assure you not a single penny of the 35 mil has left the club” ie hasnt gone into ashleys pocket like the doom and gloom “supporters” say. “and it is all going back in” ie will go towards transfers, salaries etc… I know you like to complain but you are scraping the barrell with that one lol.

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  • bollance

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone think that Ba / HBA will play similar role to Carroll / Nolan next season?

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  • TheMightyOne

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #11

    @Spike
    you are the first brigade

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  • Andy

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Houllier also thought bruno cheyrou was the next zidane – hope he calls this one right!

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  • Spike

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #13

    I think the first team will be good. Problem is who do we have as subs? Yes the youngsters need experience but you stick them on when you are winning. They are not necessarily someone who can come from the bench and change the game like impact players. No real strength in depth at the moment. It all needs addressing, not one or two more, alot more.

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  • bollance

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Not suggesting they will be sold by end of season, hope not!!!!

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  • Jammydodger

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Nolan was the dwindling light Ben Arfa is the spark we need. At west ham nolan gets to shine, he wanted long term stability and first team football which is fair enough, Pardew and Asley dont want another smith in 3-4-5 years time on high wages which is fair enough, nolan gets stability lengthy contract + high wages nufc dont end up paying for a pensioner ( lack of pace and in relative football terms)to sit on the bench
    Need replacements for any oot goings but would rather enrique and barton get what they want. One established pacey striker french would be nice to get a partnership with ben arfa going
    Mailnly promising youth with the homegrown shizzle coming in getting bright talent wil be easier to come by than in following years

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  • Spike

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #16

    @themighty one –

    Yeah I was getting annoyed with all the kids shouting 1st, but now I’m getting annoyed with me finding myself first as well

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #17

    09nufc09 – bollox m8 ashleys owns nufc therefore its in one of his many pockets. the fact that you can read that money will be spent when lamarse clearly states ‘not a single penny of the £35 million has left the club and neither will it.’ clearly shows you are the spawm of fatarse and the money will be used to pay of the debt – ohh which is a debt the club owes ….. ooooo who could it be ….. FATARSE

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  • Spike

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Maybe Ashley has another wallet suffed with £35m in used fivers that he leaves in his desk drawer at SJP to pay the delivery boy from Greggs.

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  • Jammydodger

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Spike
    Messi – Thigh
    Rooney – foot
    Ronaldo ankle
    All players get injuries

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #20

    jammy – but they are not bought when they are injured – or likely to have a recurring injury

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  • Andy

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #21

    rooney was bought for manure with a broken foot and fat ronaldo kept getting transfers

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  • 09nufc09

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Cyni… Yes not a single penny has left the clubs account, not gone into ashleys pocket like doom and gloomers say. How many time do you have to read ashley dosent want the debt paid until the club is sold? If he was running the club to make money he would be charging interest on his loans. As i said before you are massively scraping the barrell.

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  • Spike

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #23

    All players do get injuries, but we seem to accumulate them when they are knacked as the future of the club after selling other players for a tidy sum.

    As I say, if they can stay injury free, on paper we have a damn good team. Need strikers though

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #24

    09nufc09 – RU STUPID ASHLEY OWNS THE CLUB – THE STADIUM IS HIS, THE PLAYERS ARE HIS, ALL MONEY EARNED IS HIS get it _ its called business

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  • manxpie

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Cynical stop spouting shite that statement doesn’t mean money isn’t leaving the club for transfers it means the total opposite ya plank it means it bein re-invested in 2 the club!!

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  • bollance

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #26

    dont want to tempt fate but probably we will pick up injuries during pre season so although we welcome back HBA and Gosling back there may be other casualties

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #27

    MANXPIE – your belief is based on what?? 7 previous windows when we have made an average of 10M profit in each season – grow up som this is business and FAtash is running the club for profit

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  • Spike

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #28

    Gosling has been with us a year now. Came with a dodgy knee and so far has played 5 minutes before his knee flaired up.

    I know all about his potential, but if he is on a really low wage of say £10k a week, he has been paid over half a million quid. Not bad for potential.

    Hope he has a great season and repays the faith put in him

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #29

    manxpie the statement readss ‘not a single penny of the £35 million has left the club and neither will it. It is all going back’ NOR WILL IT seems to be quite obvious that its staying put

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  • bollance

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #30

    Ok the club is making money on player tradig but this money is funding expenditure which is mainly wages. The club is making a loss, fact

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  • burnsie

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #31

    the club is NOT making a loss – fact!!!

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #32

    bollance – not many clubs make a profit – even the succesful ones

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  • manxpie

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #33

    Exactly 09nufc09 the only time the debt really comes in2 play is when the club is sold where predicted to b self sufficiant next season so the debt will lessen every year after with all goin well on the pitch anyways lol

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  • nick_9

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #34

    Anyone done a 25 man squad excluding youngsters or considered who which two players they would chose for each position out of the current crop?

    GK -Krul, Forster
    Rb – Simpson and Gosling
    Cb – Williamson and Taylor, Colo and Kadar
    Lb – Jose and ??????
    Rw – Jonas and Routledge
    Cm – Barton, Cabaye, Guthrie/Vuckic and Tiote
    Lw – Marveaux and Ferguson
    Cf – Ba, Arfa, Best and Lovenkrands/Ranger

    Add competition for Jose, a centre back, a winger and another striker and we arent far off having good competition. If we got those four players in i would also allow guthrie, lovenkrands, shola and harper to leave/retire. As is i dont think there is any place in the squad in my opinion for the likes of Smith, Perch, Raylor or Xisco.

    If we shipped out:
    Shola
    Lovenkrands
    Smith
    Xisco
    Perch
    Raylor
    Haper
    Guthrie
    then surely we would be saving a good 1 mill a month/12 million a season

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #35

    manxpie – and why is hte debt lessening?????

    Could it be profits from player sales, tickets, sponsorship, merchandising – you know the thiings other teams use to but players capable of winning trophies

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  • manxpie

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #36

    Cynical i no so wats your poin’t the moneys bein re-invested in2 the club not lineing ashleys pockets as i think thats wat your trying 2say by keepin on posting that statement dont no if u remember but we were relegated 2years ago which cost the CLUB aprox 50mill so i imagine quite alot of them profits was spent on keeping the club affloat ffs if we keep bein steaef6 in the prem 4 the next few years we’ll easily b1of the best run clubs in the country but then again if i was wanting 2 b doom n gloom like u we’ll b relegated next season coz we ain’t spent any of the infamous 35 million even tho we’ve got a stronger team then last year!!!

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  • manxpie

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #37

    Because if where self sufficiant there is no more adding on 2the debt plus we have extra money 2pay of sum of the debt which most of the top teams r doin just 2pay of the interest of the debt which we don’t have plus we’ll even hav sum money left over 2strengthin the team lol

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  • gonz

    Jul 6, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #38

    I’ve supported Newcastle ever since I moved to England and it was during the whole Euro 96′ competition and because of that I fell in love with Football. Being American, it was hard to like a ‘Soccer’ team because in the states at that time the only team that was successful was the Womens team. Anyways, my point is in the 15 years I’ve been a faithful NUFC supporter and Ben Arfa is by far the only player that I’m excited to have in our team. I see Ben Arfa staying with us for a very long time and being successful here and scoring many incredible goals like the Everton one last season. He will become a legend in the black & white. He’s going to be our Zinedine Zidane (who we passed on many years ago for 2.5m)

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  • Magforlife

    Jul 6, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #39

    So if Andy had not being sold , how would we have bank rolled the club this season.Players would stil have being sold but not replaced ?
    Canny scarey to think about really

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  • magpiebop

    Jul 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #40

    Abeid is a right winger and will be good back up for Barton or Bartons replacement as he already looks better than Routledge!

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