Pardew Will Change Things To Accommodate Ben Arfa In Side

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!!

19 comments so far

  • gorgonzola

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1


    Welcome to my world Pardew…..

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    For me work-ethic doesn’t just mean running around like a tramp after chips, HBA is expending energy using his mind, finding pockets of space, choosing his next move, improvising etc; not running the same patterns and down blind alleys (Obertan).

  • Klatoon

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    AP saying what Trappatoni said about Best being “lazy”,he does switch off during games but works the CB’s excellently,both in the air and when he moves into the channels. Really want him to score against QPR,it’ll give him the confidence he had at the start of the season.

  • martoon

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Only problem with HBA on the wing is he will not help out the fullback much and leave him exposed.
    While it was a brilliant goad I hope he does not try to overplay every time and keep giving the ball away.

  • gorgonzola

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    But the previous post got me worried….Can we sue Redknob? seriously why doesn’t Ash finally do something… I wish I wish we sabotage them if we could get Modric or Bale uffff I would laugh so hard…..what a disgusting prat…

  • gorgonzola

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6


    I get you but in all honesty Jonas when playing more a LW role running at people at pace is far more effective than today helping out in rear… I reckon we should play a more 433 formation having fast attack mined wings…its time to play more like Robert and Co…

    HBA is like a RObert player he wont defend for you well but he will take the opposition apart hell that’s why we got him…..

  • -Tendo-

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    BigKirky – even if he did, beside the fact of money, would it be any better with Branson? He is clearly not a football man, more a business man….like Ashley

  • gorgonzola

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    “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.””

    This comment could be revealing either A Pardew is a pure genious or its just pure coincidence….

  • gorgonzola

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Tendo It doesnt stop Branson to appoint somebody to run things and him being behind the curtain much like the clubs of today in all honesty…

  • solano

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Pardew 20-1 for QPR job!
    Fat Mike and Saggy Face are running down to the bookies in disguise.

  • Klatoon

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Do you think Abeid will keep his place against QPR? If he was sitting too deep as AP said,he could be the perfect replacement for Tiote,haul him off for Gosling if we go down or if we are chasing a winning goal. Gosling’s got alot of Nolan in him with the desire to get inside the box,you could see that in Jonas’ goal he was right infront of the goal like a striker lol

  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    If you press 5 while watching that video, you can watch the goal over and over again.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew Will Change Things To Accommodate Ben Arfa In Side…I like that title, but reading Ed’s post I am not completely sure Pardew and I agree.

    So we looked the better side in the second half and HBA was shipped out on the right wing and suddenly that’s where he should play. And does that mean Pardew will change things to accommodate HBA in the side? It sound more like the other way around.

    I do like Pardew and I am all for stability for the time being, but if we’re going to challenge the top 6 anytime soon Pardew needs to lay aside his stubbornness and affinity for 4-4-2 and any variations of that formation.

    The problem – from my perspective – is the formation and not the player HBA. Pardew buys his players from the continent and he needs to look no further to solves his problems. Take Ajax for example; the have a similar player in Eriksen and he plays ACM in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

    The big difference between a 4-2-3-1 formation and Pardews 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 is in the midfield. Pardew uses a ALW and a ARW in a four man midfield and two strikers. The balance is all wrong and sometimes is looks as though we’re playing with only 10 men.

    The ALW and the ARW needs to defend and that means less time attacking. HBA is left on his own when we go forward with no one to pass to and no one running in the right position.

    The 4-2-3-1 solves all that; and it accommodates both HBA and Jonas/Obertan better. Pardew does need to lay down the law: Both fullbacks NEED to do there own defending or els the system fails.

    The is my view on the HBA saga. To be continued!

  • Brutooon

    Jan 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #14

    1) said this million of time, Marseille and Lyon won the french tittles by playing HBA on the wings

    2) Its easier for HBA to dribble defenders at the side with two strikers waiting in the middle

    3) playing HBA as a supporting striker often keep Leon Best isolated

  • Tino3Barca2

    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Playing him there is fine until we play a team with good attacking left wing and fulback and get crucified down that flank.

    Fact is HBA needs to learn to do his share of the work. Obertan improved a lot in that respect in a few games. All players need to do it. You don’t see Silva at City for eg or any of the similar Barca players not tracking back and pressurising.

    Pay him on the right wing sure, our team isn’t attacking, strong or balanced enough to play him through the middle right now. He needs to get with the program though re defensive work. Then he could be a legend.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Thanks for posting that. I hadnt been able to see it as it was withheld on the web, and i dont have ITV / UTV on my Sky package ! Wow!!!!!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Brutooon, neither Lyon nor Marseille players with two strikers or an conservative stiff British formation as we do.

    HBA is better in an ACM position especially when both Jonas and Obertan are both AW and not RW and LW as we seem to use them.

    Have a look at Ajax; look no further the solution is right in front of you.

    Beside, Best is a wast of space so why play with two strikers when a three man attacking midfield would add so much more offensive.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Mark Hughes – surely one of the most arrogant tossers in the game. Lots of fans wanted him ahead of Pardew, but this was the bloke who left Fulham to stroll into the Villa job and was left with egg on his face. Tool.

  • davis_toons

    Jan 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #19

    If you insisted HBA to defend, then we got to prepare to give penalty. haha


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