Ben Arfa Wonder Goal – But Davide Santon Also Outstanding


The video finally went out that showed just how good a goal Ben Arfa scored yesterday.

Ben Arfa – after scoring – pointing at crowd

In case you still haven’t seen it, here’s a short video of the goals yesterday, plus Ben Arfa’s classic goal, which may be the best individual goal ever scored at St. James’ Park.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OioYlwbOlNo

And there’s not too many players who could score a goal like that – which was a phenomenal individual effort – and Alan Pardew said he basically beat the entire Blackburn defense and he beat some defenders twice.

But that kind of magic from Ben Arfa is what the Newcastle fans just love to watch,  and why they want to see more of Ben Arfa in a black and white shirt.

And quite honestly it’s just great for the game when a player like Ben Arfa, who in his run yesterday reminded me of the greatest player who ever lived (in my opinion),  Brazil’s one and only Pele

Alan Pardew was simply gushing after the game, and the manager seemed so pleased for the French International:

”In the second half he was outstanding,” ”He understands that this is a big agenda for him – he needs to do well here.”

”At some other clubs, it hasn’t gone so well and he is doing everything in his power to make it happen here, and that’s good for us.”

”He’s had situations in France where his talent hasn’t come to the fore as much as it should have, perhaps, and then he has had a terrible injury here.”

”He knows this is a great opportunity at this football club.”  “He probably feels that he could play for France, and I know the French Federation look at him very closely.”

”Is he going to emerge because he has got the talent that he showed today? We are all hoping he does, of course.”

“Anybody who saw that goal today and some of the bursts he made will know he’s a special player and we have to treat him sometimes in a special way, and we are trying to do that.”

After the first 15 minutes yesterday  Newcastle were simply hopeless in the first half, and Ben Arfa included.

But Alan Pardew turned the side around at half time – which he often does –  and had a  wee talk to the players, and that seemed to turn things around, and Alan’s proving to be an astute coach on Tyneside.

Alan  put Ben Arfa out on the right wing in that second half, and the Frenchman starred out there, and maybe that’s his best position.

Newcastle to their credit, really turned it on in that second half and deserved to win the game, and the Jonas goal to win it in the 5th minute of added time was also a  wonderful individual effort too.

Alan talked about putting Ben Arfa put on the right wing:

”It did help him,”  “Before I arrived, there were suggestions that he had played wide and didn’t want to play there. But Hatem has to understand that it’s about the team, and where we think he fits in best is where we are going to put him.”

“But his talent was there for everybody to see today.”   ”It’s the greatest goal, in my opinion, I have ever seen with my eyes because just the technical part of it – to beat six players, to skip past people, left-foot, right-foot, cut-back, accelerate, everything that was involved in it.”

“I am absolutely chuffed for him.”  ”In the second half, we played as well as we have played all year. It was late, the winning goal, but we deserved it.”

Ben Arfa naturally received the headlines for what was a great goal indeed, and could be the goal of the season in England, but young Davide Santon looked so good at left back yesterday, and it looks like it’s £5M well spent on the young Italian.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the 20 year-old after the game:

”Some of our play, Davide Santon in particular, was outstanding.”

When Davide arrived he talked about how great it was to sign for a big club like Newcastle , and he arrived from Inter-Milan and already had 7 senior caps for Italy.

Davide Santon – great game yesterday

But it seems that Alan Pardew has handled the kid with great understanding,  and this lad should now be a permanent fixture at left back, and he could be a better player than Jose Enrique by the end of the season.

He’s really that good,  and if he keeps playing like he did yesterday,  then he’ll likely be in the Italy side in Euro 2012 this summer,  in one of the full-back positions.

Comments welcome.



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376 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Just posted last thread about this…

    I think with the Santon/Jonas partnership showing excellent promise, and HBA on the right wing, our wing problems are solved!

    I love the way Santon comes inside and plays great balls from CM, Jonas excellent defensive ability allows him to do this. I tell you I was at the match yesterday and Santon is some player!! He’s gonna be great if he can stay fit – easily as good as Enrique, different players, Enrique is more about wing play, whereas Santon can play anywhere – cutting in all the time.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Obertan needs to look at HBA and realise. That’s how you make penetrating runs into the box.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Santon has deffo replaced Enrique, not any lesser of a player, will do great things in the future.

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #4

    On top of that, Santon’s name fits better with the Toon Army.

    SAN-TOON!!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    did pardew just say that HBA never wanted to play on the wing, ithink it was his idea.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #6

    You can’t compare obertan and arfa, they’re different people, Arfa has a special talent.

    We need to support Obertan lads, the booing yesterday was aweful. He is still young and has potential, he just needs be more decisive in the final third- he has the pace. He should be used as an impact sub though, against tired teams.

    Arfa obviously doesn’t want to play RW but for me that’s his place until he matures a little more and knows WHEN to turn on his magic. Only then can he be played in the middle. I lost count the amount of times he lost the ball in CM yesterday 1st half.

    So develop him on the wing (a la Ronaldo and Henry) and bring him into CM on occasions when he will have space.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Santon is as good as Jose n he’s only 20year old

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Indian magpie hba has said he wants b a striker but clearly he’s a winger

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Obertan needs the support of the toon army he’s only 22 n let’s b honest fergie destroyed any confidence he had at man utd, he will turn out to b a very good player for us n we r we’re we r in the league bcoz of the 11 on the pitch n obertan has been a major part of that 11

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    davy,

    i agree, but i think we need to evolve from 442 to a different formation. what do you think

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Indian I’ve said all season we should play 4231 formation
    Krul
    Simpson willo colo santon
    Tiote cabaye
    Hba vukic jonas
    Ba

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    did any1 else see mr redknapp’s admiration for SAMBA as well

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13

    We all want our players to do the best they can. We all want Obertan to be doing better than he has been. We all know he is struggling with confidence but he has the skill and pace. So why are we booing him? further depleting his confidence. I would never boo a player because imo thats not supporting them. Only reason I can think of that people boo him for is maybe to force Pardew to drop him to the reserves and build his confidence there. But I don’t think thats the right way, for Pardew knows Obertan isn’t doing well.

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  • toonashwin

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #14

    striker and defender pls !!!!!
    cashley
    our strike attack was shite last night in every 5 mins we can here great build up ending with poor finish and it left me frustated and annoyed
    pardew still saying we will bring a player
    why he is unble to see the obvious -to reach europe we need atleast a striker who can score and a pacey cb with quality heading ability
    howdy mates

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #15

    man city dominating utd

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  • Oleg G

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Agree about Santon davybtoon. Santon is so young and I think in some areas he is already better then Jose was. His control of the ball shows he is a very dangerous player. An extra player on the field who can dribble is a bit asset.
    Specially when it is a defender.
    Jose had his moves, but he was very predictable with time and much slower then Santon. Santon looks leather and very very confident and comfortable with the ball, without becoming selfish (What Jose was doing all the time).

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  • JackButler

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Afternoon lads, any news today???
    Have we signed/sold anyone 😉

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Also after watching abeid yesterday I think by the time he’s tiotes age he will b a better than tiote is now

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #19

    @ JB
    not yet, still time though

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    @Spuggy

    Amen to that. The people booing Obertan recently should be ashamed. Thats is just not cool. We do not do that to our own team. It makes us look like whiny little bitches that should support Liverpool or Manure.

    As the famous John Wayne quote goes “i didnt vote for him, but he’s my president”

    Anyway, do we actually have anything to support this idea of Benny not wanting to play RW?

    Maybe Niafron will know.

    Anyway this kinda related to what I said few days ago.

    In the absence of Ba

    Why not have Benny on RW and Obertan in Benny’s withdrawn striker role but allow them to roam quite a bit and even switch places at times.

    1) Obertan can do no worse than Benny in that AM role.
    2) Obertan’s best balls have come from side of box. He’s probably in a better postition to do more of that here.
    3) Obertan does not have the confidence to run down wings like Benny showed y’day but his passing play can be good at times. And he seems to prefer passing play.
    4) Benny will be more lethal out right and therefor more prolific. He is better placed to become the God we and he wants to be. He has shown he can dribble in and score from there so he will essentially be playing the Walcott role (albeit with skill)
    5) We have clearly tried to use Obertan on the break (look where he stands when opposition has a corner etc). Being in centre better places him for this and we know he has the speed.

    If it fails we can always switch them two back or put another striker on. Or even put Benny LW, Obertan RW and Jonas AM if we really want.

    Seems worth a try to me for all we know Obertan could be a great finisher. And if he isnt im sure he could put some great balls through to Best or Shola or Loverman along the ground. He is also less likely to be trapped like out on the wing. I think Benny is better at creating space for himself, making him great on the wing. Whereas Obertan cannot create the space he needs.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #21

    ROONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Rooney scores

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Plus Pards said Best is our best finisher yet this season he has always play a supporting role to Ba or only been able to play arial.

    Lets see how good he is with the ball at his feet at all times.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Great header by Rooney that

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #25

    KOMPANY GOES

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Kompany off

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #27

    @LGFU Obertan did say in his first interview for NUFC that he preferred to play as a striker but for time being for NUFC he is willing to play on the wing until he gets good enough. Maybe thats why he drifts in so much.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #28

    and i think so do MAN CITY

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #29

    That was a great tackle by Kompany wasn’t even a free kick never mind a red

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #30

    could be another 6 – 1 😉

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  • JackButler

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #31

    http://www.newcastleunited-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/low_life_redknapp_unethical_721988/index.shtml?

    The reason Bob is Dirty Harry is CORRUPT.
    The FA should investigate Redknapp to find out how he knows of a buy out clause.

    The man is pathetic

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #32

    davy i agree, it wasnt even a yellow

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #33

    JB
    How did we know cabaye had a release clause

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #34

    @27 maybe we shud switch obertan n hba round wud work for me like

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Why have the fa not sacked Chris Foy? He is consistently one of the worst referees in the premier league and always has his dick up fergies arse

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Agents

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  • JackButler

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #37

    The Lille President let slip that Cabaye had a buy out clause when talking about trying to get him to sign a new contract

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Kompany win the ball fair and square with a tough committed challenge

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #39

    OKAY @Jack, what about Neil Taylor, i am only trying to say its part and parcel of game today.

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  • woodsee

    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Kompany jumped in with both feet,even if there both an inch off the floor,as soon as the ref sees the jumpin in action ,your gonna go

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