Ben Arfa Returning To Top Form – He’s Been No Problem At All


Good news from Alan Pardew today that Ben Arfa is getting back to his best form.

Hatem Ben Arfa – getting back to his best form

When you suffer a terrible injury like Ben Arfa did at Manchester City 13 months ago,  it takes a lot of time to regain that top form again, even when you are again fully fit physically.

And the same thing is happening with 21 year-old Dan Gosling, who is also trying to get back to his best form at Newcastle, after Dan suffered a very bad anterior cruciate ligament knee injury in March of last year.

It’s interesting that both players were signed permanently by the Tyneside club,  while they were recovering from their injuries, and it was a bit of a risk Newcastle were taking.

Neither Ben Arfa nor Dan Gosling are starters in the side  at the moment, but both of them should improve as the season progresses,  and  that bodes well for Newcastle this season.

And it seems that Alan Pardew, like to good man manager he is, has already talked with the Frenchman to ensure he’s okay with returning to the very stadium where he  suffered his terrible injury.

Alan was asked how Ben Arfa was doing these days:

“Good, I had a little chat with him on Thursday morning and I thought it would be wise to just check that he’s OK.” “He’s trained very well and he assures me there will be absolutely no problem.”

“When you train with Cheick Tioté, you are going to get clattered now and again so he has had a couple of Cheick tackles and seems to have come through them all right.”

“I think he is a player who only now is getting near his best because, even in training, he has been good and then two or three days later, not really been at the same pace as the other players.

“But he has been a lot better recently, more up to speed.”  “The first few weeks, I just let him get on with it. We are quite disciplined on the training field. We want our players to have energy and work really hard.

“We have had to let Hatem find his feet and I think that is only right. When you get long-term injuries I think that is the best way to be.

“But he has not really caused me a problem, he has been very understanding. I do not know how long that will continue but at the moment he has been.”

It’s also good to hear that Ben Arfa has been no problem at all at the club, because when he arrived on Tyneside he had a history of falling out with his previous managers at Lyon and Marseilles.

And we heard from former Newcastle winger Laurent Robert only yesterday, that Ben Arfa has an excellent relationship with the Newcastle manager, which was very good to hear.

We expect Ben Arfa to be introduced tomorrow at some point in the second half, and we also expect the crowd at the Etihad Stadium to give the 24 year-old a great welcome back.

Ben Arfa has shown enormous courage over the last 13 months,  and he will deserve that applause.

Let’s hope he can also score the winning goal! 😀

Comments welcome.



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23 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    “When you train with Cheick Tioté, you are going to get clattered now and again so he has had a couple of Cheick tackles and seems to have come through them all right.”

    Classic !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle 8/1 to win tomorrow. Got to be worth a punt!

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  • Special K

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Read this in the Manchester Evening News

    “It must also be added that Newcastle’s 11-match unbeaten start is not hugely impressive when analysed.

    Their seven wins have all come against teams in the bottom nine. Their only games against top seven teams saw them draw at home with 10-man Arsenal on the opening day of the season, and a late equaliser gave them a 2-2 home draw with Spurs.”

    To quote King Kev I would LOVE IT if we could get a result there 2m. Reckon it’ll be the same team as ever with Tiote returning and maybe HBA in for Best if the latter recovers.

    Howay the Lads

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    This week’s forecast from Mark Lawrenson is Citeh to win 2-0, however guest pundit Russell Grant , astrologer and Strictly Come Dancing ‘star’ predicts us to win 2-1 !
    Things are looking good for the Toon !

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  • traceline

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Sounds to me that Pardew’s 1/2 expecting the wheels to come off with Hatem. I really hope that’s not the case (that his worries are unfounded) – HBA could be MASSIVE for us, I just hope he’s mature enough to understand that he’s going to have to be patient, and if he is, it’ll all pay-back later.

    AP seems to be doing a good job with (everyone) him at the mo and seems to be honest enough to acknowledge that HBA has the option of going awry – which is good eyes-open stuff as far as I can see.

    Head tomorrow says “narrow loss” – heart says “we can get something”.

    HWTL.

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  • traceline

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    BTW – slightly off topic – isn’t it nice to have the headlines talking about us in terms of “contenders”/ “difficult opponents” rather than “cannon-fodder”?

    Long may it continue.

    Loving it.

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  • markmac

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    +1 MATE

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  • Neil

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #8

    You’ve got to love the Manc Evening news quote of “10-man Arsenal” – They had 10 men for about 15 mins of the match!! Message to toonruz – The comment you had on the previous page about Tiote not being injured as he’s gonna be sold is a bit feckless in my opinion as it’s totally unfounded. Are you saying he wont play again for us as he’ll be sold in January?

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  • magpiebop

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    4-4-1-1 vs City
    Krul.
    Simpson,STaylor,Collocini(c),RTaylor.
    Santon,Guthrie,Cabaye,Guttierez.
    Gosling.
    Ba.

    Subs- Elliot, Tavernier, Tiote, SAMeobi, Ben Arfa, Best, Ameobi.

    HAWAY THE LADS

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  • toonincheek

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #10

    I think we have to be slightly more defensive tomorrow, ie playing 5 in midfield but with an attacking midfielder who can defend.
    If Tiote had been fit, then Guthrie RW would have been the answer.
    If not, then Santon.

    But – I trust in Pardew.

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  • toonincheek

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Forgot to add –

    Ben Arfa and the two Ameobis as late subs – unless we are protecting a 2-0 lead (or better!)

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  • AMEOBI

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d go for a 4-1-2-1-2 formation for me

    Krul
    Simpson, S.Taylor, Colo, R.Taylor
    Tiote/Gosling
    Guthrie, Gutierez
    Cabaye
    Best/Shola, Ba

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  • laurentrobert32

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13

    magpiebop, i like the idea of having santon on the right but would start with either ben arfa or best instead gosling.

    Krul.
    Simpson,STaylor,Collocini(c),RTaylor.
    Santon,Guthrie,Cabaye,Guttierez.
    Ben Arfa.
    Ba.

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  • jonnymcdonald

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Magpiebop – you have changed your tune from yesterday! Your line up included ameobi up front for Ba and Sammy on the right wing!

    You come to your senses today mate?

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  • fgb224lbs

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15

    think ill put a fiver on us to win.
    cheek little bet. would like Ben area to start right wing but my head says the more defensive gosling would be the better option.
    unless we try to ruffle their features by going straight at them. the big teams hate that

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Head says anything less than a three goal Citeh win difference is okay, heart says Toon win by a single goal difference. HBA in extra time

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  • LEROI

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #17

    I got 7/2 odds on a toon win yestaday. So put a nice lil bet on. I think we can win, but i know we’ll get summit out of it!

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  • toonincheek

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    LEROI – better odds than 7/2 surely available now.
    Another bet?

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  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Nov 18, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #19

    …………………krul
    Simpson colo Saylor raylor
    . ……..guthrie cabaye
    gosling. Jonas
    …………….ben arfa
    ……………….ba

    If tiote fit swap with Guthrie and put guth where gosling is.
    Subs
    Elliott
    Santon
    Shola
    Best
    Sammy
    Mclovin
    Perch/gosling depending on tiote

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  • benarfa23

    Nov 18, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #20

    i think pardew have to tell hba that he is a big player already and he doesn’t have to prove anything. because i think that he trying so hard to impress us to repay the faith that we have on him.

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  • carrollsinger

    Nov 18, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Team will be
    Krul
    SimmO colo Taylor santon
    Taylor cabaye Guthrie guti
    Best. BA

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  • dimkinss

    Nov 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #22

    KRUL
    SIMMO………TAYLOR………………..COLLO………..RAYLOR

    TIOTE/GOSLING GUTHRIE
    SANTON CABAYE GUTI

    ARFA/AMEOBI
    BA
    THIS MY FRIENDS IS D PERFECT COMBINATION . WE FOCUS ON COUNTER ATTACKING PLAY DOWN THE WINGS U, WITH TIOTE, CABAYE AND AND GUTHRIE HOLDING UP MIDFIELD. CABAYE CONNECTS WITH ARFA, WHO CONNECTS WITH BA. THE FOCUS IS TO HOLD UP THE PLAY/BALL IN THE MIDDLE AND TO TRY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE STOP THE PASSING GAME OF CITY.

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  • Brutooon

    Nov 19, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #23

    dimkinss : your lineups only ok if we play with 12 players.

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