Ben Arfa Will Not Be Rushed Back

It’s hardly surprising that Ben Arfa now wants to play every game for Newcastle.

Ben Arfa – in action at the City Ground

Ben Arfa had a fine comeback on Tuesday night at Nottingham Forest, when Newcastle got through to the 4th round of the Carling Cup by a score of 4-3, after going ahead four times in the game, although they needed extra time to do it.

The eight times capped French International got a good 70 minutes run-out and looked good, as did his two French team-mates Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid, who played in midfeld.

Now Ben Arfa would love to play against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon, when he will no doubt get a fantastic reception from the Newcastle fans, because it will be the first time he’s played at St. James’ Park in almost a year.

After the Nottingham Forest game, Ben Arfa talked about his ambitions:

“I feel ready to play in every match now, in fact I’m dying to play.”

But it’s also clear that Alan Pardew will bring Ben Arfa back slowly, to ensure he’s fully recovered, and there are no break-downs.

With Newcastle doing very well and many players now pushing for positions in the starting line-up, Alan Pardew has lots of options, although we’d be surprised if Ben Arfa is not at least on the bench on Saturday, and he could even start the game.

Alan Pardew had this to say about the 24 year-old, and it’s clear he does not want to rush the player back:

“We all know that Hatem brings something special to the team.” “But we don’t have to rush him.”

We expect Ben Arfa will start on the bench and then be introduced sometime in the second half against Blackburn, but with his skill and flair,  he could also be the difference between the two sides on Saturday.

A win will keep Newcastle in 4th place and maybe even get them up to 3rd position, depending on Chelsea’s result against Swansea at home.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Brettoon

    Sep 22, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Glad he’s finally back though

  • Brettoon

    Sep 22, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t wait for a smashing win against Blackburn on Saturday.

    No draw please!

  • ChicagoToon

    Sep 22, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    so im doing a paper for class about sir bobby robson, i was wondering what insight you guys had that cant be found online. cool stories, why he was respected by everyone. thanks

  • shearermania

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    @chicagotoon just read his autobiography

  • GeordiePeter

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    a win against Blackburn would be absolutely brilliant! the confidence in this team at the minute could get us through to January in the top 6/7 at least!


    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6

    @ chicago you could never capture half the stories about that man , ha ha remember he used to call shola ameobi young carl cart ha ha ha

  • evildick

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7

    I can’t wait to see ben arfa back in the team. he really is like a new signing haha

    On a side note, it’s great to see some positivity in the comments lately. It just took us being top 4 and unbeaten to get there!

    I really hope we smash Blackburn… HOWAY!


    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    see lads even evildick is being positive all we need now is angryman the angryfan to spread the love ha ha ha

  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    I Would Play H.B.A from The Start and Take Him Of Half Time and Put Sammy on !!! I think Blackburn are Going to Get a Right Tonkin !!!!!!! To Many Players Wanting to Show They are worth a 1st team Start at the Moment !!!!!!

  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    hahahaha “depending on chelseas results against swansea” mmm let me think….where will i place my bet….. mm not on swansea.

    all aside im v excited about the blackburn game. Hope Marveux or HBA start the game. id actually like to see marveux and best and Ba and Arfa. i think those pairings are the ones that will work the best. get them all on the pitch somehow and wollah. goals n skills

  • davis_toons

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    There is a “google video link” of his story in Newcastle…provided by a fan here. Check it out.

  • Nick 69

    Sep 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    hopefully now with HBA back we may finally see some of this attacking bums off seats football that Pardew has been promising, as we certainly havent seen any at all so far this season.


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