Ben Arfa Relaxed – Loves Playing For Newcastle

Some interesting stuff on Ben Arfa today from his advisor Simon Stainrod.

Ben Arfa – after scoring brilliant goal Monday night

Simon was the one who kept the fans appraised of Ben Arfa’s situation during his long recovery from his double leg fracture, and he has said the word on Ben Arfa that he is arrogant could hardly be further from the truth.

Ben Arfa currently lives on his own in Newcastle and is a devout Muslim, and he takes his profession very seriously and just wants to be the best.

He showed his mercurial qualities again on Monday night with a goal  completely out of nothing,  as he beat Wojciech Szczesny at his near post, to put Newcastle ahead in that game.

But of course Newcastle were still celebrating when Robin van Persie equalized 53 seconds later.

This is what Simon Stainrod said of his friend today in the local press:

“I was there on Monday and his goal was typical Hatem. Every time he gets the ball you just think ‘Go on’ – you know he can come up with something truly special and that is what I like about watching him play.”

“I speak to him and Hatem’s relaxed in Newcastle – he loves living in England and playing for the club,” “He’s a single boy living on his own in Newcastle and he lives a sensible, athlete’s life. He’s a top pro and the image of him as arrogant couldn’t be further from the truth.”

“He’s actually very humble and he’s viendy aware that he has a responsibility for the gifts that he’s got. He wants to make the most of them and he wants to do it at Newcastle.”

It’s interesting that Ben Arfa has started games against the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal this season, so it seems that Alan Pardew wants his mercurial skills in the games against the big clubs.

And of course if Newcastle get into Europe next season, he will be a big player for Newcastle in those games.

Norwich City are not a big club and they are the visitors to St. James’ Park on Sunday, but we still expect Ben Arfa to start on the right wing, as there are good signs his work rate is much better than it used to be.

When he loses the ball these days he’s straight back there fighting to get the ball back,  and that’s a very good sign, and we could see more from him on Sunday against Norwich City.

In 20 appearances for Newcastle this season he has four great goals and three assists, and we’re hoping the lad will have a big positive impact for Newcastle in the last 10 games of the season.

Howay The lads!!.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • cheick Norris

    Mar 15, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    they’re really diversifying the interview duties recently

  • wynsleap

    Mar 15, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree Ed – we need game breakers like Ben Arfa as we don’t have them at this club.
    Plenty of running and willing workers but creativity is not our strongest point. A real dominating midfield playmaker who can spot a defence splitting pass, is desperately needed for next season.
    It may be Cabaye but I have serious doubts as to whether he can achieve that role.

  • Beattie25

    Mar 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    If we could complement this guy with a decent team I have no doubts he can be world class for us.

    I seen them come and go over the years and this boy is top quality. It’s a real shame that he is hampered by the lack of quality throughout the team.

    We are getting there and I really believe that if we can keep Krul, Collo, Santon, Cabaye, Tiote, Benny, Ba and Cisse and add to that another top cb (Douglas) a top RB/LB (Izaguirre) and a top LW (Hoilett) we would gave the makings of an exciting, young, world class team. Mark my words the reason for our poor quality this year is down to a combination of bad tactics and poor players undermining the better players.

    That is why the summer is massive. ship out Simmo, willo, perch etc… And bring in 6 players for around 10 million (not including agent fees and wages) and we could easily challenge top 4.

    Diame on a free, Hoilett on a free, Douglas on a free, alamfitano in a free, Adrian Mariappa 2 million, Jay Rodrigues 4 million, corgnet 4 million, Izaguirre 4 million.

    Retain Guthrie & Fraser Forster.

    Push forward remi streete, Vuckic, Abied, fergie & other top youngsters.

    Welcome back saylor and Marveaux.

    Say goodbye to Willo, Simmo, perch and ranger!

    What an effin team that would be.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Apart from Ba and Krul, Benny is the one player I really enjoy watching.

    To davybtoon, yes we are 6th, but I think if Pardew let the players express themselves and worry less about the opposition, we wouldn’t be chucking away silly points all the time, especially at home against the likes of Wolves when we are 2-0 up in a good position and go all defensive and get caught .

    What’s the point in carr getting all these good technical players who are used to playing in a 433, if pardew just uses unimaginative alien tactics with them?

    All I’m saying is let the players play the way they are used to and most effective in.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    beattie 25

    amen to that. will it happen with pardew though?
    Something always seems to hold him back

  • Lynxie

    Mar 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Your not wrong, get shot of all those that can not play with the ball at their feet, or cant be bothered to put in the commitment. Its basic stuff we are talking about here…..

  • Lynxie

    Mar 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Forgive me, but I would be happy if I never realised that Krul was on the field! That would mean we were up the other end all day!

  • benarfa23

    Mar 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    nayone else notice that HBA switch from nike to adidas?
    when the first time he did that?
    and why?

  • benarfa23

    Mar 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    ayone else notice that HBA switch from nike to adidas?
    when the first time he did that?
    and why?

  • Lynxie

    Mar 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10


    Around about same the time that Obertan started wearing roller skates……….

  • wynsleap

    Mar 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Beattie25 @ 3 – would go along with most of what you say except for Mariappa. Think we can do much better than that for a centre back – and for probably around the same price.


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