Hatem Ben Arfa scored one of the best individual goals ever scored by a player in a black and white Newcastle shirt last Saturday.
Ben Arfa scoring on Saturday afternoon
That’s what the Geordie fans (just over 30,000) who were at the game will have seen, when in the 70th minute, the mercurial French international did this:
And we also put in Gutierrez’ winning goal at the death, and you see the Argentine reaching into his shorts after he scored for that Spiderman mask of his, but the referee booked him for it – spoilsports that they are.
Alan Pardew has said some promising things today, that Newcastle can have Ben Arfa is the side, if he can play like the way he did in that second half on Saturday, when he was a constant thorn in the Blackburn side, and of course he scored the great equalizing goal.
Ben Arfa has sometimes looked a bit of a liability when he’s playing in the center as a laid back striker, as he takes on other players, but he can lose possession and that sets up the opposition for a quick counter attack, down the center .
But it seems that his best position may be on one of the wings, as he really shone last Saturday out on the right wing in the second half, and if we can get Danny Simpson to be on his guard in case the Frenchman loses the ball, Ben Arfa would seem to be due a run in the side on the right wing.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about the 8 times capped French International today:
“It’s all about balance,” “His work-rate was quite good, it’s just sometimes intensity that’s the difference. It didn’t help in the first half that Mehdi Abeid stepped off a little bit and was a little bit too deep and therefore that didn’t help Hatem either.”
“It all sort of combined.” “I was really, pleased with his attitude when he went on to the right in a tactical reshuffle we made just after half time.” He could have gone – ‘What am I doing out here?’ but he attacked the position. That’s really pleasing.”
“I knew if we got the ball to his feet he was going to cause the full-backs a problem. His first introduction on that side he impacted the game, and then put them straight on the back foot. Then we started to dictate.”
“Anyone who’s seen us will know collectively we work really, really hard defensively. Gabby Obertan sometimes switches off and Besty (Leon Best) too, so Ben Arfa’s not alone. That ethic is what we’re about and it has to balance up.”
“If he is like he was in the second half on Saturday when he’s affecting the game so much, he doesn’t need to defend.”
“At times in the first half he didn’t threaten them, and then we’re losing both sides. But second half, he doesn’t need to defend when he plays like that. His close control is phenomenal.”
“In a football team you’re never going to get 11 characters who are the same,” “We have some of our characters for whom the defensive side and being diligent is 90% of their game. For Hatem it’s different. Flair and making things happen is 80% of his game.”
4th bottom club QPR are the visitors to St. James’ Park next Sunday, in an early kick off game., and we have to get 3 points out of that game, and of course Joey Barton is banned and will not play.
The London club will be without manager Neil Warnock who was sacked yesterday, with the rumors that Mark Hughes will become the new manager.
But we will need Ben Arfa in that side to unlock their defense, and we hope that Alan Pardew will have him starting out on the right wing next Sunday afternoon.
The lad’s just too good not to use in the Newcastle side, and surely we can accommodate him in the starting eleven?
Howay The Lads!!