Hatem Ben Arfa Easily Our Man Of The Match


With over 1400 votes in,  Ben Arfa is easily our man of the Match with over 63% of the vote,  for his tremendous performance in the second half yesterday afternoon against Sunderland.

Ben Arfa – Man of the Match

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34 comments so far

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    + 1

    what a lad he is coming good and to me his acceleration is where it used to be…. I am so happy for him I cant begin to describe it…

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    that brazillian fella whos 3rd on thr link above would be a amazing signing, and i like the sound of the rb whos 2nd

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    I think yesterday proved once and for all that the team should be set up to compliment ben arfas attacking flair rather than being set up to cover our defensive frailties.

    We go into each game looking like we are going to concede so we must attack rather than be sturdy in defence.

    Anyway I think Pardew finally showed some tactical evoloution yesterday and showed us all he can respond to a game we look like loosing.

    As for the rest of the season if Benny plays and we show the form of the 2nd half then we can get top 6. If redone then top 10 (9th place IMO)

    I’m not saying Benny is that pivotal just the right formation and tactics are!!

    I think next match we should go 4-5-1 and drop Cisse to the bench. Bring in Guthrie and Benny and stuff the arsenal!

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Beattie25

    agree 100%

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  • eastend toon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    this lad cant be allowed to leave, our whole performace changed with him on the pitch. i hope AP knows what he’s doing with the lad, man management style etc

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  • Oleg G

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Was a great performance by HBA. Just one thing, AP must, absolutely must(!!!) help him. Meaning: put another two players close to him.

    When he gets the ball, 2 players much run close to him and give him passing options. If he has that, he is a super force. Because the defenders (and usually there are 2-3 of them around him) will give him more space and will try to close the passing options. What will give him always the options for, passing it to one of the two, or dribbling and moving around those players.

    The game in general needs to shift from, the players need to come closer to where the ball is, this way we will have passing options and we won’t be loosing the ball as much.

    How many times did we loose the ball? How many times did Krul hit those long balls? AP must contract a professor in statistics to show him some numbers so he will see what works and what doesn’t work.

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    “When he gets the ball, 2 players much run close to him and give him passing options. If he has that, he is a super force.”

    EXACTLY…sometimes he is isolated and cant help BUT lose the ball…

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  • Oleg G

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Beattie25 // Mar 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I can agree with that just one thing thou.
    You think that was evolution. I think it was more the fear of loosing, at home, in a derby, against the scum. Loosing that game would be more than loosing to Spurs and Fulham combined.

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  • AMEOBI

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Gor,
    I seen loads people yesterday saying play 4-3-3 for me would be perfect, Ba – Cisse – Ben Arfa.
    Just imagine what that would do to a poor Arsenal defence only threat with arsenal is sagna, rvp and theo/chamberlain that’s it, cannot wait for the game!

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  • Oleg G

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    much=must

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    eastend toon

    unfortunately I must be honest I am stumped he didn’t lose the plot HBA. All credit to him he kept patient and is willing to sit it out, but for he he deserves a starting lineup till the end of the season NOT on the basis of this game, but the fact that Obertan has shown he hasn’t really filled his potential in all honesty.

    I think its downright a time to give HBA a change a decent run of games till the end of the season…..

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    AMEOBi it would wouldn’t it…. Dont know if its quite right for the Arsenal game

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  • ArtyH

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    HBA was fantastic on Sunday he changed the game! Also I take it all back, everything I said about Shola, he’s a legend!

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    4-3-3

    —————krul————————-
    Taylor – colo – williamson – Santon
    —-Cabaye—Tiote——Jonas——
    –Hba———————-Cisse——
    —————-Ba———————–

    id have jonas cm because of his excellent work rate. you could maybe swap ba and cisse if you wanted.

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    I dont care how “good” he is I would rather die than have this prat in newcastle for example…

    http://www.caughtoffside.com/2012/03/05/video-cristiano-ronaldo-behaves-like-a-baby/

    what a pr*ck

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Think pardew summed up the match jus ryt first half they dragged us down to there level jus kicking us, second hba changed the game n we played football instead of battling, hba finally looked like he did v everton pre injury

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  • ArtyH

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #18

    We simply must accomodate HBA even if it takes us back to the 90’s where our game plan was if they score 4 we will have to score 5, our defence was a bit iffy then but our attack was breath taking!
    Benny stood out like a beacon yesterday and MUST get a statring place for teh last games, it will set us up for next year.

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  • Oleg G

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19

    AMEOBI // Mar 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    It is always a question of tactics with us thou. It sounds good what you are saying, but do you really think AP will go for that?

    If we have Players like Cabaye, Tiote, Arfa, Cisse, Ba, Guti even Colo (yes, Colo) and Santon, who all know how to run with the ball and dribble – but we will continue playing those long balls, nothing will help. Guti must stop trying to cross and also have a player behind him or between the two players that close Guti (somewhere around the right side of the box) so he will pass it to that player on the ground. Cisse and Ba must support the wingers and not asking for the ball from a cross (sometimes yes, but mostly it doesn’t work), The same about HBA from the right side, must have help from players.

    And the crosses and long balls can work only if we are playing with big CB’s, and with Shola and Ba, with Colo running up front (at least 3-4 players must be there for the cross for it to be effective), otherwise, we should just not do that. Pass the ball around, make it get on the ground inside the box, around the box, in front of goal, and front 10-20 meters shoot it, like Cabaye, Tiote and Arfa tried yesterday.

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    4-3-3

    —————krul————————-
    Taylor – colo – williamson – Santon
    —-Cabaye—Tiote——Jonas——
    –Hba———————-Cisse——
    —————-Ba———————–

    id have jonas cm because of his excellent work rate. you could maybe swap ba and cisse if you wanted.

    put saylor in when fit, next season, we need a new rb!!

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #21

    OR play steven taylor rb next season and put a new cb alongside colo

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  • Oleg G

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #22

    lewytoon // Mar 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Why they are a bargain? Maybe good players but bargain would suggest that we can buy them for cheap. But how much will this guy from Brazil for example cost?
    I would love a Brazilian in SJP,

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #23

    steven taylor rb

    thats optimistic mate he isnt quick lad ca cant play that position 🙂

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  • Norwegian_geordie

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Another positive thing… Cattermole 4 games ban and Sessegnon 3… hahahaha

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Ben Arfa is gifted – there’s no doubt about that. Some of the runs he did yesterday were mesmerising. He HAS to have more game time because the more he plays the better he is going to be.
    Unfortunately Pardew will have to accept that going at the defenders constantly will result in him losing the ball sometimes (happens to Jonas too) but when he gets up to speed on the wing he is going to be lethal.
    He needs players to back him up when he goes off on one of his slaloms not stand back in admiration.
    Still don’t think Cabaye is really doing the business in the middle of the park though and Cisse, in particular, is suffering through a lack of midfield creativity.

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  • Oleg G

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #26

    oh, he is not from Brazil. Why did you say he is from Brazil?

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Another positive thing… Cattermole 4 games ban and Sessegnon 3… hahahaha

    HAHAHAHAAHHHAHAH!!!!!! brilliant…

    scum…

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  • Oleg G

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #28

    wynsleap // Mar 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Spot on.

    When HBA is on the move, players look like they think “I’ll stand here and watch, wow, so cool how he is moving, great player, I like him, he doesn’t need help from me, I’ll chill right here, catch my breath… oops… he couldn’t pass that 7th player there. Hatem, pass the ball mate, I was standing right here”.

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #29

    “Still don’t think Cabaye is really doing the business in the middle of the park ”

    agreed he was a bit poor yesterday in all honesty….he need sto calm down…

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #30

    Truth be told Ryan Taylor when at LB balances out the defence much better due to simmos lack of adventure and ability! Santon will be world class but he is unfortunate to have Simmo on the opposite flank because it leaves our defensive line a diagonal shape and this needs to be rectified. A lot of people (including myself) have championed the inclusion of fergie at LB to compliment santon but I have a new idea.

    Why not stick Raylor at LB and keep Simmo at RB so they can balance each other out with their defensive inablilties whilst Jenny comes in at RW and santon goes onto the LW.

    Guti is an under performer for me recently and I would love to see santon given a go a LW opposite Benny. Thoughts?

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #31

    Beattie not bad idea in all honesty i can see Santon attacking most of the time why not try him out Lw i dont know if he can deliver the ball or dribble however…

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  • brettsinsa

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #32

    MACKEM KILLER!!!! Strolla Stikes Again……….LEGEND!!
    SAGEORDIE OUT

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  • matt11_25

    Mar 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Nutmegs all day!!– from a Ben Arfa lacking game time and superior confidence.. a run of games for him and he will be unstoppable.. if playing at the confidence level he deserves his defending will also improve – not that he’d need it cause he’d rarely lose the ball!!

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  • matt11_25

    Mar 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #34

    wish shola would of taken the penalty!

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