Ben Arfa Now Impressing Pardew With Work Ethic

It’s an open question as to whether Hatem  Ben Arfa will start tomorrow night for Newcastle against Arsenal at the beautiful Emirates Stadium.

Ben Arfa – showing great work ethic in training

Certainly there’s evidence from his terrific display in the second half against Sunderland last Sunday that he deserves the start, but tomorrow’s game will also be very tough, and there are still some concerns about the way the Frenchman plays the game.

Ben Arfa takes on players, which is a good thing, but there again he also loses possession a lot.   And in a tough game like we’ll have tomorrow night in London, giving the ball away is not what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to see.

But apparently Ben Arfa has been impressing in training this week, and it’s not only his skills that have caught the eye, but his work ethic too.

This is what Alan had to say in the local Sunday Sun this morning:

“This is a player who has potential to play in the European Championships,” “Now it’s going to be about how much game-time he gets really.”

“I think he’s well regarded as someone who can do something different.”  “But the cameo role is not really what it’s about. You’ve got to do it for 90 minutes.”

“I think he’s going to get that chance sooner rather than later.”  “His work ethic in training has improved considerably.”

In the past through some good displays,  Ben Arfa has forced himself into a starting position at the club, only for him to have one of those games where he seems not to even be on the pitch.

But we wouldn’t expect that at all tomorrow night, and whether the lad starts the game or comes on in the second half to win it for Newcastle (we wish), watch this lad’s work ethic.

We think Alan Pardew’s insistence that he tracks back and does everything the other players do for the team, is finally starting to sink in with the French youngster.

And Ben Arfa will become so much a better player than he  currently is, because of that.

That has to be good for Newcastle and great for Hatem Ben Arfa.

Howay The Lads!!

14 comments so far

  • dmac

    Mar 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Aslong as he can make his presence count on the pitch for the full 90 id play him every game. The problem is if its not going his way he just disappears. He needs to get stuck in and earn the ball back. Hope this is what Pards is seeing. Good talent albeit a bit selfish.

  • geoff777

    Mar 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    First name on the team sheet for me.

    Easily our best player, should start every match.


    Mar 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    In one morning we have been linked with:

    John Gudetti- loaned to Feyenoord Rotterdam door Man shitty!

    Junior Holliet- Blackburn- was already a long term target for us!

    Erik Pieters-
    Been playing crap for the last two weeks for PSV ! Was awful last week against Valencia! And did,nt do that well for Holland against England either!

    Getting back to the artikle above! Everyone except from Pardew will be having HBA in our starting line-up on Monday night! We showed a lot of character against the Mackems last week, hopefully the lads can do that again on monday!

    As for the transfer targets above, Guidetti would be hard to get from City and would probably cost too much!
    Pieters! Well my thoughts about him are well documented on here!

    The lad from Blackburn may be the only realistic target here! He would be a good signing for us!


    Mar 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Add Dembele now to that list!

  • Tommyy

    Mar 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Promising words there. I’m glad to hear this, it sounds as though HBA is maturing and understanding it’s not all about him, and if he wants to be truly successful ( he is right when he says time is starting to run out ) then he needs to work on his all round game and become a team player.
    It would be a terrible shame for football as a whole if someone with such natural talent couldn’t become one of the best. I hope this is the turning point for him.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Mar 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #6

    If we’re going to attack Arsenal then Ben Arfa will come alive. If we’re going to be on the back foot the whole game then we might not get much out of Ben Arfa. Ben Arfa cannot take on Arsenal all by himself. That’s what happened at Ewood Park against Blackburn. We were not trying to attack and Pardew as well as some fans were blaming Ben Arfa. It wasn’t Ben Arfas fault. The whole team was to blame for not attacking. If we are going to stand in front of our own goal just hoofing the ball up field, then we should not start Ben Arfa. Those matches where Ben Arfa doesn’t come alive it’s all because of poor Pardew tactics.

    When the team is playing well Ben Arfa is playing well and can help us unlock defences and score some goals.

  • matias

    Mar 11, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #7

    For me this unfortunately sounds like we`re gonna bring him in if we`ll be 2 goals down. Quite often Pardews positive words about someone means he`ll be on the bench so I was hopeful when he was praising Raylor a few days ago. I`d hope we rather rest Cisse on Monday.

  • Arfa Chance

    Mar 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Wouldn’t say Cisse needs a rest, he just needs service, as does Demba Ba. Was hoping this is what Cabaye’s role would be, but he hasn’t done enough for me as yet. In comparison, Cabaye has scored as many goals as HBA when one is a mainstay in the side and the other is passed from pillar to post and expected to turn it on whenever we can be bothered to use him. Either give Raylor a rest, or push him to RB and give the ever present Simpson a rest, HBA/Gutierrez RW/LW.

  • ToonJovi

    Mar 11, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #9

    With raylor on rw we seem to lose all sence of flair also killing our early season plan of counter attacking football! Atleast obertan get the ball forward as does ben arfa! Cannot see us showing any signs of attacking football if raylor plays rw on monday!

  • bills-son

    Mar 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Pardew has handled HBA absolutely dead right.

    As much as we love HBA the fact is he has persistently – by his own recent admission – had the wrong attitude at his previous clubs. He has wanted to do things his way without respect to the way his manager or team wants to play. Going on strike to get a move to NUFC might have endeared him to some fans of ours but that tactic tells you clearly that HBA is/was indisciplined and unprofessional.

    Pardew is to be commended – not criticised – for NOT allowing HBA to play just because he has skill in abundance if he is not prepared to follow orders on the pitch and apply himself to the team.

    If the penny is finally dropping with HBA that is brilliant because without a doubt he is potentially one of the best players in the Prem and a true matchwinner. And if that penny is dropping, hats off to Pardew, and I bet HBA will be one of the first to give Pardew the credit he’s due.

  • rob

    Mar 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #11

    team for arsenal
    ben arfa- guthrie-tiote- cabaye- gutierez

  • Sav

    Mar 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Lucky for players like Ben Arfa to play in an era where their coach can point to Messi as a role model. The guy has all the talent, but in terms of his graft and his reluctance to dive, his professionalism off the pitch and sporting behaviour and enthusiasm on it every player looks to him.

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 12, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Team for Tonight:
    Subs:Elliot, Perch, Simpson, Cisse, Guthrie, Gosling, Shola.

    Obertan and and HBA combined would be lethal, with HBA’s ability to skin players, and Obertan’s pace, so the right hand side of the pitch would be more effective. HBA can also cut in with with Obertan still on the wing to give support, with Obertan Raylor and HBA on an overlap that would overwhelm Arsenal. Meanwhile the centre of the park stays solid with Cabaye and Tiote, and Newcastle still have Jonas on the left when we switch play. Ba to start up front by himself, but with more in midfield and support from forward thinking defenders Santon and Raylor, Ba would be busier than with two up front, as we’d have more chance of competing in midfield. Or alternatively swap Cisse for Ba. Although not fully settled yet, Papiss is a better poacher, and with Newcastle’s play much on the wing, Papiss would be likely to get on the end of a cross, (he’s a good header of the ball too). I think that’s the best chance of three points. I wouldn’t be suprised however if we come out with two upfront, which I think would be a mistake.


    Mar 12, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #14


    You are completely right! The lad is every bit as good as all your sporting heroes!

    Zinedane Zidane! Johan Cruyf! Marco van Baston! Ruud Gullit! en dare i say it Georgie Best!

    He is only just turned 24! But, i hope someone does,nt shorten his career by kicking him off the field!

    Van Basten,s career was ended abruptly coz he was continually kicked on the ankles! playing in the Italian league!
    Barcelona have a clausule in his contract and he cannot be sold for any less than 250Million! !


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