Brilliant Ben Arfa A Game Changer For Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa showed he is far from being out of the Newcastle picture,  with a terrific second half display in a match that mattered on Sunday against Sunderland.

Hatem Ben Arfa – could start next Monday

Indeed his introduction by Alan Pardew on Sunday was a master-stroke and changed the game although the TV commentators were saying in the first half that Newcastle needed to get some penetration down the right wing.

The fact that the French International was warming up in that first half on the touch-line probably showed that Pardew had decided to change the game at the half – and that’s what happened.

After the game Alan had said he knows he has to find some way of including this lad in the team, because at his best he is a game changer, as he showed on Sunday afternoon.

And his goal against Blackburn at St. James’ Park is a strong candidate for the goal of the season.

Manager Alan Pardew again talked about the mercurial one yesterday:

“He was amazing. He’s got that extra-special talent and he showed that.” “Hopefully he can show that more often for us because he is a special player.”

Pardew will have a selection problem at the Emirates next Monday night, but it could even be Davide Santon who misses out, as he was the one that came off at half time on Sunday after having a decent first half display.

Ryan Taylor has become an important player for Newcastle, and he takes most of the set plays, and that’s only one reason the Newcastle manager wants him in the starting line-up.

Yohan Cabaye can also perform those set-play duties of course, but we think Ben Arfa will start next Monday night, but he has to keep up the 100% effort he showed on Sunday – and nobody can accuse him of not putting in a great shift for the side against Sunderland.

Now the 8 times capped French International has to show he can do that in every game, and if he can,  he will become a top performer for Newcastle.

That’s what we want to see.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Finally …. Its good to be number one haha

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we will get Erik Pieters,

    Carr and Pardew obviously rate him highly, hence the amunt of work that went into the negotiations for him.

    he is the best fit for me, he know Krul well, so hell settle fast, hes versatile, can play LB or CB and has the height/strength to do it well.

    Yes he didnt have a great time v England but it was his 2nd game back after about 3 months injured, hed had 30 mins for PSV at the weekend.

    I also think he genuinely wants to come here, seems that way on his twitter and his comments in Jan were positive.

    My Perfect Summer Window:

    Pieters (5-6mil)
    Douglas (Free)
    Corgnet (4.5mil)
    Amafalitano (Free)
    Hoilett (Free)
    Young Striker (2mil max) Jordan Rhodes for me, Worth a punt
    Young GK (1mil max)

    12.5 Mil Spent (Roughly)


    Williamson (2.5mil)
    (wont need him with Saylor fit, Douglas and Pieters
    Smith (Free)
    Lovenkrands (Free)
    Foster (3mil)
    Simpson (2mil) – Might not happen and 2 mil is ambitious but hey/

    7.5 mil raised: 5 mil spent with income.

    Thoughts anyone?

  • LewSpi

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s simply next level, not only does he simply walk through defences, he picks up the game of our other players, e.g. Cabaye.

    However he also highlights the lack of intelligence of some of our players, such as Simpson, if you watch the video that was posted in the comments on the previous thread, Simpson hasn’t a clue what to do most of the time. Hatem is telling him where he should be passing the majority of the time, rather than simply booting it up. Interesting to watch and very revealing.

  • lewytoon

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    ben arfa was basicallly unreal when he came on! 3-4 NUTMEGS!

    yeah i dotn like simpson either, poor player if you ask me.

    colo, i agree with that, but i would also like to sell ranger 😛

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    On Benny he has to start V Arsenal, They are the absolute perfect tream for him,
    Weak at the back, huge pitch will give him alot of space.

    I would agree with the drop Cisse opinion, I think just for a few games, give him 30 mins to get him up to speed, hes working hard when he plays, he closes people down, but itll take him a little time to gel properly.

    My team: (Indian its just a discussion point/idea before you start mate)




  • lewytoon

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    thoughts? i think you have 12 players haha

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Hahaha Sorry

    Here we are


    Sorry Lew lol!

  • lewytoon

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    yeah thats better :P, thats a good team, dropepd guthrie which is good

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Colo-Sus , good window! We will have a strong team, and i don’t think we need Diame as we have a lot of midfielder such as Guthrie, Gosling, Vukcic, Ahbeid. We may even sell Guthrie to balance books, because we have young midfield players in the maiking (Vukcic, Ahbeid, Inman, Newton, Richardson and many more close to 1st team )

  • lewytoon

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    my team to play arsenal:



    can swap BA and Cisse, that way the weak link simpson has been is dropped instead of santon

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11


    Yeah I agree mate, I think Guthrie might be moved on, id take a couple mil for him if we can het it, Like you say with the youth coming through, we dont really need him, I think Abeid and Vuckic will have bigger roles next season and with Corgnet theres already an extra body.

    It will be a good summer i think, but we need Europe, for the funds and also to keep Ba, Tiote etc from having their heads turned.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Colo-Sus // Mar 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    nice line up. But i think about this one:






    or 4-2-3-1


    Ben Arfa——————–Ba—————-Jonas(Marveaux)


  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #13

    lewytoon, good formation, cabaye had playedin that position at lille, am i right?

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14


    I like both as they are a compliment to each other, and allow fluid movement.

    I assume the Marveaux inclusion is a pointer to next year..

    But i Stick to leaving Cisse out for a couple of games and bringing him on as sub, I think it will help him and us to get the best out of him long ter, take the pressure off him. Let him gel.


    I like that side

    its my personal preference, but in reality Simo wont get dropped, by Pards

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Colo-Sus // Mar 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    your absolutely right, and i even expect some not identified targets to come (as a back up plan) and i also believe next year will be breakthrough for Tavernier (Simmo had his chance with his contract negotiations as Colo and Krul did, and they took it, because they believe in the team. ) Simpson will be gone by the September. And talking about Ba and Tiote, i believe Ba will get his contract sorted out, he said he wants to play for us as tiote (he has four years remaining, i believe), but if they goes, they will go only for Top dollar and we will replace them with Luuk de Jong or other young good striker and Matuidi or Diame, and that will fund our other transfers and contracts. It’s football. Only think i can say, we will only go better and stronger in the future. NO WORRIES, Carroll,enrique, barton, nolan, given… There is no irreplaceables.

  • ballerfan2

    Mar 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #16

    I think I may have missed something. Exactly what has Guthrie done wrong in the last couple of weeks. He must be guilty of something if people are suggesting selling him – and for £2m if we can get that????? He is 24, still young himself, played in the absence of Cabaye and showed the quality he has, gaining rave reviews from all and sundry for the way he performed. Even before the Sunderland game some were suggesting he should play in preference to Cabaye. I am aware that in some quarters Guthrie is getting the blame for the Spurs result. Really!!! How much do you think it would cost to replace someone of the ability of Guthrie. £6-10m+ I reckon (Jordan Henderson anyone?) as a Cabaye doesn’t become available every day of the week. Sorry but I think some people need to get their heads out of the clouds.

  • Dyer8

    Mar 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #17

    In :
    Douglas (Twente), CB
    Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), RB
    Marvin Martin (Sochaux), CM


  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #18


    I think you are mis-interpreting me mate.

    I for one think Guthrie is a very useful player, and if you have read my posts in the past, you will know that I have praised him in much the same way that you have. He was in no wauy solely responsible for Spurs and nobody has said that?

    The reason I say he may leave and we would only get a couple of million is due to us bringin in Other players, and the younger players coming through. The 2 mil valuation is based largely on the fact that his contratc is almost up and at 24 clubs will be prepared to wait for it to expire, so if an offer comes in They might be tempted,

    I agree he is woth closer to 5 mil…So to summaruse I agree with you, but you have completely mis-understood my reasoning clearly. I think you will agree my head is level, nowhere near the clouds 🙂

  • Oleg G

    Mar 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t know why Raylor is considers a good free kick and corners taker. Yes, sometimes he scores, and sometimes he has a good corner or two. But he is not great at it, maybe he was at some point in his career.
    That is not a reason to have him in the first 11. Benny surely can take a set piece, and Cabaye too, maybe even better than and definitely not worse than Raylor.
    Actually, I love Tiote’s crosses, so I think he can try and take some corners. He has already only this year 2 or 3 assists from these situations, he has a touch when it comes to crosses, he looks up and aims (not like Jonas on the other hand for example who crosses the ball in a blind man situation).

  • Oleg G

    Mar 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #20

    LewSpi // Mar 6, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Which video is that mate?

  • alanrichie

    Mar 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #21



  • davis_toons

    Mar 6, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #22

    We need a “Bad Guy” at the back. Someone
    PhyStrong Headed but coach-able.

  • bob52

    Mar 6, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Great to see HBA on the field and doing great, yes he does try too hard and give the ball away sometimes but his awareness and trickery is there for all to see, he must start.
    Worry for me last Sunday was the taking off of our best player Santon for HBA, was he injured? I am in the USA so only saw highlights.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #24


    We have got the advantage here with and Extra man..thats great

  • davis_toons

    Mar 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #25

    If you got Guthrie in the middle as well then i would prefer to have Obtan on the RightW/M

  • davis_toons

    Mar 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Guthrie is too inconsistance imo. He got lost during the game.


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