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Ben Arfa Looks To Newcastle To Win The FA Cup – That Sounds Good!

1:44 pm, Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 100 Comments

Ben Arfa is slowly but surely returning to his top form,  and of course he scored a wonder goal for Newcastle on Saturday against Blackburn in the FA Cup.

Ben Ara scores on Saturday – the greatest goal ever seen at Newcastle?

At the time Ben Arfa was playing on the right wing,  and there’s not too many many players who can score a goal like that.

But I must admit to when I was nine years old scoring one like that at Harbottle Park in Newcastle, but I beat about three more men (make that boys)  than Ben Arfa did on Saturday and I hit the ball into the net  with my right foot.

What net – in truth it was just inside the right hand coats that marked the post , and isn’t it strange how the memory seems to even improve as you grow older. 😀

Ben Arfa is already a hugely popular player on Tyneside, and that was his third goal for the club and each one has shown the skill this lad possesses.

It was also a very important goal for Newcastle because it brought us right back into the game, and it’s skill like this that can unlock opposing defenses,  when they are trying top shut the game down.

And it’s important for the French International to keep scoring those goals and setting up chances while we are without Demba Ba, who is away  on International duty with Senegal at the African Cup Of Nations.

The goal on Saturday was one of the greatest goals ever seen at St James’ Park, it’s just as simple as that, and maybe Alan Pardew will now give the lad a starting place in the side, even if it’s on the right wing.

Ben Arfa knew all about Newcastle when he joined the club last January for around £5M from Marseilles, and he knows we haven’t won a trophy since 1969.

And the last time we won the FA Cup was back in 1955, when we thrashed Manchester City and the Revie plan by a score 3-1 with goals from Jackie Milburn (who else?), Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah.

This is what Ben Arfa told the local press today:

“For me there is no better cup competition than this.”  “It is one of our objectives this season to do well in the competition.” “Newcastle want to win this cup, because it’s a very big cup.”

“With this cup, you can go to Europe – and that can only be a good thing for the profile of this club.”  “It’s been a long time since this club won a trophy, and we want to win something.”

“If we win, it would be very good for the club.” “But there is a long way to go in the cup.” “We just have to keep going round by round.”

“By doing well in the competition we can give something back to the supporters and the club.”  “The Blackburn game was a great one for me personally, but even more so as a team.”

“It was very important for us to win two games together – it was very good for the confidence.”  “We showed very good character, because it’s hard when you go behind.”

Newcastle will play Wrexham or Brighton in the 4th round of the FA Cup, but it’s an away tie, but with our strongest side out we should be able to make it to the 5th round.

And that’s certainly the target of Alan Pardew, who would just love to have a long run win the FA Cup this season.

And if we make it to Wembley the likelihood is we’ll be in the Europa Cup next season, even if we don’t win the thing outright at Wembley.

Newcastle are again getting close to becoming one of the big clubs in England,  and there’s a good argument to be made that we have the 7th best side in the land right now.

A good January transfer window when we get in a center-back and a center-forward,  followed by another good summer transfer window could get us into the top six next season.

And that’s not too much of a pipe dream right now either, and remember  we always  have Ben Arfa,  who can score goals like he did last Saturday!

Howay the Lads!!

Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Newcastle News

100 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jan 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Has anybody got access to the reserve game to keep an eye on that Jason Prior

  • 2 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    lee ryder is providing updates on twitter

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jan 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Not really sure how to use twitter and not sure i want to Indian,can you let us know mate.

  • 4 hrocks // Jan 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    1-0 up. streete with goal. prior put 1 over bar and one straight at keeper.

  • 5 geoff777 // Jan 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Remy Street just scored on stroke of HT

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jan 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    1-0 Remi Streete,Gosling assist

  • 7 Toon Tang // Jan 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Hahaha i had a chuckle to meself at “What net – in truth it was just inside the right hand coats that marked the post”

    and then arguing to death when the ball goes over the top of the coats whether its post, goal kick or goal hahaha merciless times.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Jan 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Is it on nufctv

  • 9 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    Prior has had a couple of headers at goal one over the bar other at the keeper #nufc Sam Ameobi shone brightest
    2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

  • 10 hrocks // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    im just following it on twitter mate

  • 11 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    its funny how those makeshift goals were about twice as tall as real ones. Especially when you were playing against that kid who supported man u and was destined to be a pro were it not for his Osgood-Schlatter disease.

    Maybe it was just me but I swear every kid, whose dad helped run the local football team had that. And they all supported Man U and used to cry whenever they were subbed. Or there was snow on the pitch.

    They never did become pro

  • 12 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    there it starts

  • 13 BigKirky // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    @lee_ryder: Vuckic slipped in Prior for real chance but he prodded it wide of the target #nufc

  • 14 hrocks // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    Sam Ameobi has picked up knee injury and is coming off #nufc

  • 15 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Just playing a bit of Fifa right now. Gutierrez is on fire.

    Bizarrely he’s left most of the wing work to Santon and decided to steal Benny’s place in the whole despite supposedly being on left wing.

  • 16 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Sky Bet Update:
    Jordan Rhodes is 7/2 to move to Newcastle this January as money comes in with rumours of Demba Ba’s exit from the club.

  • 17 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    ee_ryder Lee Ryder
    Jordan Rugg nets on 66 as Elliot slips at crucial moment #nufc

  • 18 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    After putting Benny LW, and replacing Jonas with Obertan in the whole. In order to test my theory through the very realistic modelling of the game. Benny has now decided he’d rather be on RW or in defense. Love the guys magic but he is being a little diva atm. And im controlling him.

    Obertan has not yet touched the ball.

    Shola just scored an overhead kick

  • 19 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    SkyGraemeBailey Graeme Bailey
    Harry Redknapp has confirmed his interest in Marseille striker Loic Remy and has again risked the wrath of Newcastle by discussing Demba Ba.

  • 20 Klatoon // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Elliot with another mistake?

  • 21 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Shola overhead kick???????? even in a game its unfathomable

  • 22 2_goal_tino // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    How is Kadar consistently captain of a reserve team doing very well, over the likes of Gosling, Haris and Sammy, yet never get near the match day squad even during our injury crisis? Had big hopes for him before his injuries.

    At least prior is getting in the right positions, he must be more nervous than ever before. It’s the biggest game o his life!

  • 23 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    video game i meant

  • 24 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Aye. I know.

    Ba has currently scored 26 goals. And its March

    And I even decided not to play him all January to make the game EVEN more realistic.

    Want to know the biggest joke though. Alan Smith has just said he is not happy sitting on the bench.

  • 25 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Inman converts to make it 2 1 on 73 mins #nufc

  • 26 -Tendo- // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Indian Magpie – i just saw that about redknapp, is he guna be talking about BA until the window closes….he didn’t like it when chelsea did it to modric so i can’t see why its fine for him to do to other clubs, i hate the turkey neck tw*t

  • 27 BigKirky // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    @lee_ryder: Prior SCORES great finish into top corner on 77 mins #nufc

  • 28 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    Prior SCORES great finish into top corner on 77 mins #nufc
    18 seconds ago

  • 29 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Obertan has hit the post about 20 times. Just unable to score

  • 30 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM


    last January he kept talking about carroll

  • 31 2_goal_tino // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Really pleased for the lad. At least he’s proved himself as being able to hold his own … And in front of Pards

  • 32 drongo // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Has Redknapp ever moved on from a club and them not go bankrupt?

  • 33 -Tendo- // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Indian Magpie – i’d completely forgotten about that. He jsut annoys the hell out of me nowadays, i hope chelsea come and buy modric on the last day of the window

  • 34 jchill42 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Jason Prior has just bagged for the reserves

    Fairytale stuff – great finish according to Lee Ryder

  • 35 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Has ROB ELLIOTT been convincing

  • 36 drongo // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Yep – and Barca buy Bale.

    Then Arry gets locked away for tax evasion and his irritating son gets some suit trousers that fit.

  • 37 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    And were this to happen in real life you would all love him for it.

    Obertan has literally just taken on about 7 portsmouth players in the FA cup quarter finals and lobbed the keeper.

    Now i shall sub him

  • 38 martoon // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    LGFUAD21 at #11 – you are spot on – my son played in quite a few of these teams The only thing I would disagree with you is that the coaches son was NEVER subbed 😉

  • 39 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    SSShhhhhh!!!!!! No Booing for obertan

  • 40 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I believe I can here the fifa crowd now calling for Obertan to be the new number 9

  • 41 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Shola offside all the time

  • 42 drongo // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    @LGF – do you control the players or is it like Champ Manager?

  • 43 rickskin // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I really dislike Harry Redknapp.

  • 44 stuart no9 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    is nt strange that a lot of clubs saying now “we fancy denba ba , or we will go in for simpson , or whoever. WHY do we never hear clubs going in for rooney or modric . who says we are not a selling club? The fact is fergie or redknapp would tell them to F..K OFF not for sale at any price, and every one knows that , and that is how it should be at NUFC. The fact is our owner invites offers for his best players by his ” every player has his price “motto , W,,KER

  • 45 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM


    No im controlling them. Hence Shola scoring an overhead kick. And Obertan taking on 7 people.

  • 46 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    All over #nufc take a comfortable 3 1 win

  • 47 milk or cream // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM



    are you in obertens dreams right now, i bet he wished he could play like that 😉

    dream on oba dream on

  • 48 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    For some reason I panick bought Grant Holt in the transfer window. He’s terrible

  • 49 martoon // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    According to Lee_Ryder the reserves won 3 1 and Prior scored the third goal.

  • 50 Toon Tang // Jan 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    hahaha check sameobi’s face on this funny pic of branson doing kick ups.

    hes thinking wtf hahaha

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Go Prior !!!!!!!!

  • 52 drongo // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Was going to say… otherwise would have been a helluva team talk…

    Took me till 2018 to win the treble with NUFC on Champ Manager for iphone.
    Line up was
    Santon, Pique, Richards, Lahm
    HBA, Sweinsteiger, Xavi, Bale
    Messi, Dzeko

    subs, Iniesta, Gerard, Vidic, Williamson, Casillas, Villa,
    I sold everyone too, so cant really grumble about Fattie doing it

  • 53 Rosted Pork // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    i agree oberton on fifa 12 is a gud buy altho i use him as super sub . he reali has speed n skills 🙂 bt in real his useless

  • 54 Rosted Pork // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    any footy manager games for android device lads?

  • 55 drongo // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Rosted – Sure champ manager would be availabe

    Its a classic – lost days (and nights) playing that at University in the 90s

  • 56 martoon // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Toon Tang at #49 – have you read the comments, Jerry from Singpore certainly gets a hammering.

  • 57 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Rosted Pork

    He has ridiculous pace and skill on fifa.

    Ameobi just beautifully flicked on for Benny to score.

    Santon also appears to have ridiculous energy. He’s everywhere

  • 58 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    The link up between Shola and Benny is amazing on this game though

  • 59 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    CONFIRMED – The FA have dismissed Vincent Kompany’s appeal over his red card vs Man Utd. The Man City man will serve a 4-match ban. #MCFC

    this is ridiculous

  • 60 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I see that Prior scored a goal in the reserves, great news for the lad, would be an amazing story if he could step up to the prem and make a name for himself

  • 61 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    Prior had two half chances and two presentable opportunities one of which he took with some aplomb #nufc

  • 62 Rosted Pork // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM


    yea nw m manager of RM An i paid 3mill for vucki n has scored 12 goals in 21 games along with podolski 14 from 19 🙂 arfa is strugling in RM team . colo n saylor r my cb wit santon on left n sergio on right. i sold CR FOR £106M to chealshit

  • 63 Indian Magpie // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    is it true that one of cardiff/palace will end up in europe even if they loose the final that way taking away one of the intertoto spot. given liverpool dont reach the final and finish below us

  • 64 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

  • 65 Rosted Pork // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    + krul is world class in fifa 12 got him from 12m from fc porto

  • 66 max // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM


  • 67 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Is this Fifa or Football manager?

    You basically went to RM and bought a bunch of Toon players. Nice.

    I have begun using a 4 3 3 formation like this

    Pieters Willo Colo Santon
    Cabaye Tiote
    Jonas Ba HBA

    Obertan seems to score a lot from loose balls and santon is great going forward.

  • 68 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Although Currently Holt is playing in place of Ba.

    I let Grant Holt play 2 games a season. Against Norwich. That is all.

  • 69 Angryman the Angry fan // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    lFGAUD21 and other imbeciles who are discussing some poxy footy game on their megabox or whatever…go and f11ck off on to some anorak site for pre pubesent teens and yap away to your hearts ocntent on there………….FFS

    Got enough with me 14 year old son yapping about all that bollocks, I come to work and go to the matches just to get away from that sh!te!

  • 70 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

  • 71 LGFUAD21 // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Angryman the Angry fan

    good post.

    Just having a laugh thats all

  • 72 ochytoon // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    In answer to your previous question, clyne was up against Lallana

  • 73 2_goal_tino // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Another interesting thing from the reserve game, besides prior, is the fact that abeid didn’t play and gosling did. Looks to me like abeid will retain his place in the first team for qpr! Think he deserves it, gave a solid, if not spectacular, performance and has huge potential. It seems vuckic pretty much dictated the game as well which is encouraging!

  • 74 Ollieh51 // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    @ 2 Goal – Really intersting how players are maturing/becoming ready at different times?

    Gosling scored against City, almost did against the scum and he now seems to have dropped down a step behind Mehdi after 1 game.

    Vuckic looks a great player to come soon but has been dropped in at the deep end somewhat and not looked too out of place.

    Liverpool away was never going to be easy and he has done well at the other games?

  • 75 WWJBD // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    No disrespect to Lallana or Southampton but Simmo has faced world class LW/LBs and teams

    Dont think u can say Clyne is better than Simpson, might have the potential to be better who knows but right now player for player Id have Simpson

  • 76 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Does anyone see Clyne as being better or having more potential than Tavernier??? Or is it forward planing for when Simmo leaves???

  • 77 ochytoon // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Why you smug little bastard, nah that’s fair enough mate although I feel clyne shows better defensive positioning than simmo

  • 78 Jail for Ashley // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Well said.
    About Prior,what happens from here then do they give him a couple of more reserve games and if they like him offer him a contract or what,whats to stop auld Bagpuss ringing him up and offering a trial now.

  • 79 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    simpson one of most improved players in prem league and best right back weve had for quite some time i.m.o.

  • 80 WWJBD // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Hahahaha me smug? Well if the shoe fits 😉

    I have seen Clyne play at u21 level and he does look good but it would be a big step up for him to take over from Simmo specially mid season. Would still love to have Clyne come in but understudy/rotation option for now

  • 81 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    WayRilkins Ray Wilkins
    Thierry must be the only player who isn’t retired to have a statue of himself outside a football stadium. Well, except Nani at Fulham. #afc

  • 82 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Ochy – WWJBD –

    What about Tavernier???
    The kid looks to have everything need to make it in the prem. Why are we looking at another right back when we already have own out on loan ???

  • 83 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    sorry jackbutler whats that bout nani maybe im not getting it but ive never been to the cottage

  • 84 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Boom –,r:9,s:0

  • 85 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    ah ha ha ha ha ha laughin my tits off

  • 86 WWJBD // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Nothing against Tav but would u be comfortable with him coming in as our starting RB? Again Simmo over him for me

  • 87 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM


    Agree mate, I don’t understand why we’d be after Clyne when we already have Simmo’s understudy in Tav.
    Clyne would not come in as a 1st team playerer but as cover and one for the furure and that was my point, save the money and bring back Tav as the understudy

  • 88 Agent Stardust // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    i think we have still not played the kind of football that pardew wants because we dont yet have the kind of players we need. but we are getting very close. we still play too much longball but that will stop once we get one more striker in who can fit into the system.

    i think that striker will be ending who they tried to get a few months back. they have waited as expected and knew this moment would eventually come. it was obvious he would not get a game in paris as a while and now the trouble with those bonuses will be gone.

    if he comes in it also paves the way for ben afra because we would no longer need to try and get down the wing and cross the ball to two big strikers. we would go to a game with even more passing where the forward players are all gifted on the floor and all very fast movers and thinkers. imagine cabaye, jonas, ben arfa, ba and erding! the football should be a dream to watch.

    i believed a few months back that was what they were aiming for and ba’s amazing season and the return to erding is starting to reafirm my views.

    we also need to look at this another way. although we have not spent a load of money we suddenley have a team worth a lot of money. how much would it cost to buy players like coloccini (12m?), tiote (25m?), cabaye (12m?), ben arfa (12m? soon), ba (20m?) etc. None of them are asking to leave – why not?

    i think they are well aware of how the team is being built and are informed of what is going on. if this team stays together with a few additions we could seriously be in the champs league very soon. and not having to pay massive fees in transfers means there is money to pay the players what they are worth e.g. tiote got new contract, ba will get one, jonas got one etc.

    good times ahead. now go get erding. he is fast and clever and strong and it is much better to have someone like him alongside ba. i cant wait. ive hoped for months we would still go back for him.

  • 89 mattnufc // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    2 Jason Prior headers, the 2nd is v good:

    2 more of his goals, at about 4:30 and 8:00:

  • 90 WWJBD // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Dont disagree though Tav could be CB future and Clyne RB future

    Streete is meant to be thought of highly as well though is young. Our future back 4 could be
    Clyne Tav Streete Fergie

    Well until one of them does well enough to be sold for profit 😉

  • 91 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM


    Someone was on here last night saying they were at a talk that Beardo was giving and he was saying that 50% of all transfer money brought into the club is spent on the academy and youth set-up saying that the club did not want one or two players coming through every now and then but they wanted 5 or 6 at a time
    If thats true we should have plenty coming through the ranks in the years to come

  • 92 JackButler // Jan 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    SamPerrin_ Sam Perrin
    Balotelli was at a petrol station today filling up his car & told everyone else to fill their cars up & he will pay… Legend

  • 93 WWJBD // Jan 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Hmmmm I will believe that when I see it mate

  • 94 Rotonda heights // Jan 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    agent stardust

    Fingers crossed!

  • 95 WWJBD // Jan 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM

  • 96 dmac // Jan 10, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    To be fair he is renowned for his kindness. At xmas he drove through manchester apparently with a santa hat on and gave people money haha. It was pictured in the papers.

    He also did that thing for the little lad being bullied. Balotelli may be a bit of a nutter at most times but there is something about him that i just like haha.

  • 97 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Is the story about mevlut erding true or a big load of dirt?

  • 98 NUFCarter // Jan 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Ba has promised he will not leave in January but I’m dreading the summer.

  • 99 NUFCarter // Jan 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Jack butler ha full tank!

  • 100 Crow59Cdo // Jan 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    off subject just watching ssn and that fat wrinkle kneck clown redknapp is on naming players that hes been offered and rejected etc etc , pot kettle black harry one word KARMA

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