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


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!!


100 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

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

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #2

    lee ryder is providing updates on twitter

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #3

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

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  • hrocks

    Jan 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #4

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

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  • geoff777

    Jan 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Remy Street just scored on stroke of HT

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    1-0 Remi Streete,Gosling assist

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    hrock
    Is it on nufctv

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #9

    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

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  • hrocks

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #10

    jail
    im just following it on twitter mate

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #11

    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

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  • BigKirky

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

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

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  • hrocks

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #14

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

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #17

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

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #18

    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

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #19

    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.

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  • Klatoon

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Elliot with another mistake?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #21

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

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #22

    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!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #23

    video game i meant

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #24

    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.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #25

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

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  • -Tendo-

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #26

    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

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  • BigKirky

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #27

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

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #29

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

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #30

    @tendo

    last January he kept talking about carroll

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • drongo

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #32

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

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  • -Tendo-

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #33

    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

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  • jchill42

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Jason Prior has just bagged for the reserves

    Fairytale stuff – great finish according to Lee Ryder

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Has ROB ELLIOTT been convincing

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  • drongo

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Yep – and Barca buy Bale.

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

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #37

    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

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  • martoon

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #38

    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 😉

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #39

    SSShhhhhh!!!!!! No Booing for obertan

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #40

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

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