Ben Arfa Will Be A Massive Bonus For Newcastle


Ben Arfa oozes class and on his first time out last night for Newcastle since July, he again looked a sublime player in the black and white shirt.

Ben Arfa – in action last night

Ben Arfa was replaced after 70 minutes in the 4-3 win last night at the City Ground, when Alan Pardew saw a little tiredness coming into his game, which is hardly surprising given the circumstances.

But the French International again showed what he’s made of,  and of course he’s already a big favorite with the fans.

Pardew talked about Ben Arfa after the games, and he was asked why he substituted him:

“He just started running out of steam a little bit towards the end when Forest had a little bit of control of the game.”

“But he made one burst through the middle of the pitch – that just sets him apart from other players when he does things like that.”

“If we get him up to speed and get him into what we do in the first team, he is going to be a massive bonus for us.”

But it was cult hero and captain, Fabricio Coloccini, who stole the show with a brilliant header to win the games in added time of extra time, from a good left wing cross from Gabriel Obertan.

And Newcastle avoided a penalty shoot-out,  in which absolutely anything could have happened.

Pardew was delighted after another gutsy Newcastle display and their fourth win in seven games this season:

“I can’t think of one player who didn’t play well, and if we had worked on the team like we have the first team, it would have been a better performance as a team.

“On Thursday, I will have a training ground where everybody is happy, and that doesn’t happen very often.

“It might not be on Friday, though, when I pick the team.”

Mehdi Abeid was a surprise starter in midfield, and he looked a very good player, and of coruse he’s only just turned 19 and Frenchman Sylvain Marveaux also looked a good player, and he can certainly cross the ball very well.

With Newcastle making nine changes from the side that drew with Aston Villa last Saturday, it was a very good win and some good performances from many of the fringe players.

It’s just exactly what Alan Pardew wanted to see, and he’ll have a lot of trouble deciding who to leave out of the 18 match-day squad on Saturday, when Newcastle host Blackburn Rovers.

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16 comments so far

  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • RichK

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    I went to the game last night & have to say Ben Arfa was our best player by some way, everything we did went through him, he was dropping deep to pick the ball up, his touch and passing range was superb and if it’s that good after in his first appearance after all his troubles I can’t wait to see it when he’s at 100%. He will be some player!

    As Pardew said, I thought everyone played their part, Gosling looked tidy as did Marveaux. I’m very excited going forward this season, we now have a team with pace and quality on the ball, we’ve not had that for some time!

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  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    He had some great movement last night, he is going to be a huge HIT for us. I imagine he will start on Saturday. I would like to see Marveax start too, but i think Jonas will have to remain on the left for the game because Taylor (r) is not a natural left back and Jonas has already been helping him out. Marveux may not be as aware of that as Jonas. Just my thinking, but would love to see him HBA and cabeye all on at the same time…..oooo goosepimplies.

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  • JAMSHA

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Any links 4 da highlights lad’s ?

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  • drongo

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Doubt Marv and HBA will both start on sat – I imagine HBA will start in the hole, Ober & Jonas wide, then Marv will come on for HBA on 65 mins… HBA wont do full 90s for a week or so yet…

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  • derekm

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    In the past we would have lost that game when forest came back so many times – the team spirit has not been affected by the departure of the Nolans, Bartons and Enriques, we play fast direct football to feet, have skill in abundance and cash in the bank. Carroll is actually being barracked by the scousers, he looks uncomfortable within a side that is never going to ping balls into his head from the right early as Barton did all day, and Pardew has moulded the team play into a completely different style anyway. I personally have a sneaking suspicion that despite decrying the sale of Carroll Pardew secretly felt that the money was truly ludicrous and would eventually allow him to build a much stronger squad. Another inspired decision was to award Colo the captaincy – when you have all of the newcomers arriving on the same weekly wage with huge performance based bonuses, which is the Ashley way, the to give the armband to the last of the big earners as a way to justify it is a pretty smart move. He was so surpised he actually had to start learning english properly, which in itself indicates he never had considered it would come his way. Very pleased so far – well done. and in this I have to say that to all of the management team and owner! WOW never thought I’d hear myself saying that one.

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  • JAMSHA

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Indian@
    I want video highlights :-). O n yea it should b on youtube coz m usen my 4n

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  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    derekm: actually i read something about Colo’s english the other week. He had already had lessons, and can speak English. But he is now taking more lessons because he wants his fluency to go up because he now has to talk alot more. That at least goes to show he takes it seriously.

    Love Colo: would i suit a perm!!!!!?!

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  • Paul P

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    We will see the best of Newcastle when ben arfa, cabeye and marveoux are all linking up together, Denver ba is starting to improve also, get santon up to speed and eventually we will see a starting 11 like this

    Krul

    R Taylor. S taylor. Colo. Santon

    Gosling. Tiote. Cabeye

    Ben arfa. Ba. Marveux

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  • magpiebop

    Sep 21, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m more excited by this squad than any other since Keegan left in the 90’s. The sky is the limit as we already look better now than Liverfool and the Arseanal. Would have to say that only Spurs look like our rivals for 4th spot and a Champions league place at the moment!
    When are the neggars and boycotters going to admit they are wrong and start filling the empty seats at St James Park?
    We are top 4 and don’t look like a flash in the pan so Haway lads jump on the Magpie band wagon, it’s a rollercoaster ride wii all the thrills and spills! Lol.

    THE TOON ARMY NEEDS YOU

    ALAN PARDEWS
    BLACK AND WHITE ARMY
    we hate 5under1and
    ALAN PARDEWS
    BLACK AND WHITE ARMY
    etc…..

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  • gorgonzola

    Sep 21, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    common lads its the early days we are improving but up front we are a bit thin… We are far from the sharpest end of the premiership , but on the way to get there…. We are still to play a decent side ( Arsenal are loosing to everybody nowadays). Trhuth be told I am more worried against the likes of Fulham, Stoke, Everton and the likes than the big guns..

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  • aaronjd

    Sep 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    @magpiebop. How carried away do you wanna get. Better then arsenal and Liverpool? 4th place? We’ve played 5 games mate. Get real.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    @magpiebop, I AGREE WITH YOU. NOW WE ARE REALLY LOOKING BETTER THAN POOL N’ GUNS, BUT DON’T FORGET EVERTON.. IN MY CALCULATION WE WILL GET 28 POINTS THIS YEAR AND 29 NEXT (7TH PLACE ~57 POINT). THIS IS VERY PESIMISTIC CALCULATION, BUT WITH OUR STAR PLAYERS BEING FIT AND SOME ADDITIONS IN JAN (NUMBER 9!!!), WE COULD MAKE A SURPRISE AND REALLY FIGHT FOR 4-6 PLACES. FOR 4TH PLACE WE WILL NEED AROUND 70 POINTS 5TH-63-67 POINTS. IF WE COULD HAVE A DECENT 2011 YEAR, WITH LET’S SAY MORE THAN 32 POINTS, THAN WE COULD CHALLANGE FOR 4TH PLACE. AS WE SAY ‘GOOD START IS HALF A JOB’ SO LET’S FIGHT TILL THE WHISTLE AND REMAIN UNBEATEN ALL SEASON. 🙂

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  • Rui Fosta

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #15

    LTU its hard to predict what other teams will do, other teams could well spend more money in Jan and be in and around there, any where near 7th and I would be very happy, how ever keeping our top players fit all season is instrumental.

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #16

    its what we do in january that counts if we line the deals up now we could quite easily with 50 million investment on 5 key players n 2 of them strikers quite eaisily challange for top four and have a squad that stands shoulder to shoulder with any of them ,heres what we should do ,sign pieters ,sebba bassong,hoilett,jamaine defoe,pappa demba cisse,n if where not to far behind come january i think we could challange

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