Pardew Praises Ben Arfa – He’s Been Immaculate At Newcastle

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was full of praise for Hatem Ben Arfa, after today’s 3-1 win at West Brom.

Hatem Ben Arfa acknowledges fans after scoring great goal

Hatem had a hand in each of Newcastle three goals today, as he laid on two to Papiss Cisse, who now has 5 goals in 6 appearances for Newcastle, and in between them,  Hatem scored a mercurial goal for himself and Newcastle’s second.

So that’s one goal and two assists from Ben Arfa today,  not too bad at all, and he had one of his best games for Newcastle before being replaced by Shola Ameobi with just 15 minutes remaining in the game.

Newcastle have now gained 4 points on Tottenham in the last two league games, and are now  just 5 points behind Spurs, but that’s really six points because of our inferior goal difference.

With 8 games to go,  there is still hope that Newcastle – with a winning streak of games before the end of the season – could even catch Tottenham.

But it’s not something that Alan Pardew thinks is possible, as he talked after the game about qualifying for the Champions League:

“Are we Champions League contenders? I don’t think so. The last 10 games are the most important ones in any season and we’ve won the first two of those.”

“There are a lot of games left, a lot of points. But I don’t think we’ve got the depth of squad to challenge for that a Champions League place. I get told the fans might be thinking ‘this is on’ – but not me.”

Ben Arfa was the official man of the Match of the Match at the game, and he has a massive 88% of our vote for our Man of the Match in our poll.

Alan Pardew wanted to point out that Ben Arfa’s record of being a difficult character when he played in France at Lyon and Marseilles,  has not been the case since he’s been on Tyneside since August of  2010.

Alan says the 24 year-old is now much more of a mature person and player,  and that he deserves a place in the French squad for the European Championships this summer in Poland and the Ukraine.

This is what the Newcastle manager said:

“There are not many players who can do what he can do and it might be a nice wild card for France to have him in the squad.”

“He really has knuckled down and there is a much more controlled person in his manner and the way he is around the training ground.”

“I can say that publicly so it registers with the French manager. In the past in France there was some reputation that he was an ‘enfant terrible’ but not here.”

“He has been immaculate and especially this season he has really kind of focused and got his mind set in a good place.”

Certainly if Ben Arfa keeps up the form we saw today,  he could help Newcastle win a lot more games in the eight games remaining of the season.

Pardew  confirmed after the game  that captain Fabricio Coloccini will miss next weekend’s clash against Liverpool with a hamstring injury, and could miss three to four games.

But there’s  better news on two goal Papiss Cisse, as he had a bad case of cramp,  and should be okay to take on Liverpool next Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.

A third win in a row is what we’d love to see against Liverpool.

Howay The Lads!!

40 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #1

    billy bob ted are tucked up in bed.
    Dont talk to them when they rise,
    they will do in your head.

    Public service announcement on behalf of the residents of Optimism Valley. All rights reserved.

  • t00ntime

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #3

    well done pard’s. all season he has been saying ben arfa needs a higher work rate. Now that he has one pardew tries to help ben arfa by telling the press ben arfa has grown up and lost his sh1t attitude. Hope it helps him get in to the french squad! if england go out and ben arfa is in the french squad I dont mind supporting HIM (not france just cabaye and ben arfa lol)

    about carroll, I still think he wanted too leave, the ball was in his court he had a 5year contract and if he had stayed pardew would of played him! like barton MA wanted rid but pardew still played him cause he knew he cud help out. AC must of wanted it a bit ! yet again what else do u expect in a corrupt world, money is everything for 90% of players for some even more important then trophies

  • Doilatoon

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #4

    AC had just signed new contract in oct.and in january he asked 2 get new one cause in looserpool he would get 80000£ a week and he wanted that in Newcastle and then he would stay….so you are right,money talks!!!

  • t00ntime

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #5

    @doilatoon he might be a geordie at heart but he must of been an idiot to think MA wud give him 80k a week… lol ben arfa doesn’t even get that amount of cash and look at what he can do!

    just have to hope that this group wants to stay together and not get split up, we can build on this team wouldnt like to start all over again

  • Tsunki

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Who would you rather have right now? Carroll or Ba & Cisse? or any other two or three from them and Cabaye…HBA….

    he he he

  • Brutooon

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #7

    The real HBA is now back !!!

    He is the only player from our squad who can be level with messi

    i bet Jose Enrique is shitting his pants watching HBA playing last night

  • fungus44

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Doilatoon that was not the case AC did not know what he would get until Ashley flew him there in his helicopter when he knew he was getting 35 million for him as no one at the time new what would happen

  • pbNcl

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #9

    What an outstanding performance.

    We needed to step up today and we did that. What a statement we made today.

    Shame bout Captain Colo, anybody says we’re in this position because of luck is having a laugh. We’ve had some pretty hairy moments this season!

    Toon toon

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Was at the game today lads, and honestly that first half of football was incredible. Ben arfa was unplayable

  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Love Ben Arfa me

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #12

    @gt89 mate he was ridiculous today they couldn’t cope with him

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #13

    In reply to a previous threads post

    NUFC STEVE // Mar 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM
    Well done you got it in one, showed yourself to be a right negative know nowt, you are obviously no threat to a mastermind contestant.

    Only just beaten into second place by brutoool who was even more specifically wrong with his predictions.

  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Must say mate a didnt get to go had to sell me ticket but still watched it from the house but from what a seen he was unbelievable a love him always have av said for ages he should of been playing but by the looks of things Pardew has managed it so well because being dropped has kind of made him work so much harder and apparently he’s unreal in training now so if he keeps that up then weve got a potential superstar on our hands!

  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Also have yous noticed Cabaye was outstanding today.. basically because we played the formation he was used to at Lille and also we actually played FOOTBALL!! he bossed the midfield, a was suprised Guthrie was poor but Jonas was awesome aswell he seems to like thats centre type free role position he’s all over the place and loves a battle next week a would go with:

    Ben Arfa————Ba

  • GeordieGesus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Who was knocking AP for not playing HBA? Reason behind the madness, say I.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #17

    How do you know that for sure,who is your source ?

  • GeordieGesus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Night lads. Beddy byes.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #19

    GT, yeah seems to have worked a treat, I got a last minute ticket, was class, he absolutely ran it. Best player we have had here in years

  • StuW

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Ben Arfa had his best game today, two assists and a good goal. He looks excellent on the right, cutting inside troubles the best defenders. He still needs to work on his passing though, a couple of times he gave away the ball where he should have completed the pass.

  • dazza

    Mar 26, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #21

    simmo – willo – perch – jonas
    HBA – cabaye – guthrie – ba

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Mar 26, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #22

    Seriously, we are fifth I’n the league with a squad we can build a champions league side out of no egos and we are still talking about “Andrea” Carroll. He is a pathetic woman of a player. He spends 90% of his time on the pitch screaming at his teammates, refs, and opponents like my 10 year old daughter when she doesn’t get what she wAnts. He sold out the toon for a little cash and the outcome for us was demba ba, papisto, cabaye, marveaux, etc a team that plays thier guts out for the toon like Andy used to play. He has no fire I’n his belly at all. He doesn’t attack headers fearlessly anymore, he doesn’t give a 100 % all the time like pardew preaches Is Newcastle football. Don’t get me wrong Andy Carroll could still be a top class center forward for Newcastle but never for liverpool. He went there for the money and his attitude has changed. The only way to get it back would be for him to come to Newcastle but he would be 4th choice righ behind the mackem slayer I’n my eyes on the bench with demba and papisto on the pitch plus hba. If they want to sale em to us for under ten mil I’d take em but other then that piss off. Let it go, honestly really don’t wNt him back unless he changes his whole attitude cuz I can’t stand to see him cry I’n a Liverpool strip and it would make me sick to see him doing it I’n a holy Newcastle strip. Just let it go, we got ba, hba, and papisto f€ck Andrea carroll

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 26, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #23

    t00ntime @ # 3

    By all accounts MA was the last one to agree to sell AC and that I think has been proven by the fact he refused 10 then 15 then 20 then 25 then 30 mil, he was then offered 35 mil and still was not happy selling so demanded the cash in full up front slitherpool obliged so MA relented and let AC go.

    That was not before AC was banging on the managers door demanding more money only three months after being delighted to sign a new 5 year contract.

    So where do you get MA wanted rid of him.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 26, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #24

    fungus44 @ # 8

    It was already common knowledge that pool were prepared to cough up about 80 g a week for Carroll that is exactly why he was banging on the door demanding a wage rise.

    It was a figure that was deliberately released to turn AC’s head and it worked.

  • acha5066

    Mar 26, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m a Liverpool supporter. And from an objective point of view, if I was a Newcastle fan there’s no way I’d have Caroll back. I did the math, and nearly all of your side was bought for around the same as him.

    You’ve altered your play and you have some great foreign talent. Much better to watch than when you were playing with the likes of Barton, Nolan and Carroll. No offense.

    To be honest, I’m envious of the way Pardew and Ashley have built this team. It just goes to show that it pays to buy foreign. Meanwhile Liverpool fork out £16 million for Jordan Henderson. It’s beyond a joke, to be honest.

    Keep it up, buy more french, African, Dutch and Italian. Stay away from the English, blood your own through your youth academy instead. You guys deserve nothing less than at least a fifth placed finish, to be honest, you might even snatch fourth of Spurs.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 26, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #26
  • davis_toons

    Mar 26, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #27

    .. If we can keep on this pace..the best is still to come. thats true.

    We needed to boost our defends and we will be solid at the back as well.

    Add Modern defenders that can carry the ball comfortably upfront..creating futher competition for Staylor & Willo. Euro placing needs players for cover as well.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 26, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #28

    Now our problem is with Defends..against Lpool with Colo out … who’s the Next Best Player that can do e job?
    (Maybe another DM will do)

    Some are still hoping AC to be back. Wake up pls.

    1.He is holding on to a very high salary where Newcastle Utd counld not even afford to pay him.

    2. His playing style is not the kind of player AP is looking into (I doubt)

    3. He is young and have sign a long Big contract with a Big Club why would he want to leave.

    4. He is playing football almost every week. (Just that he hardly score do assist or anything)

    5. Ask youself. Will you come go back to Newcastle if you were him at his age. With Big PayChecks, NewContracts, Still playing football eveyweek in a Big BrandedClub.

    With Big PayChecks – We cant pay him that much

    NewContracts – Will he be sold again (Rather will he wants to leave again)

    Still playing football eveyweek in a Big BrandedClub – Newcastle Utd Cannot guarantee him 1st team football anymore.

    Will you still wants him back, in another season or two..newer players will emerge from the outside world, e scouting teams effort of adding players and how about the rise of homegrown players. I believe some will play apart of our continue success if the management contunies to improves.

    I would not want AC to be back unless he can meet all the club expectation above but its hard. Unless his contract runs out & he might think again. The problem is we might not even offer him.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #29

    With Perch & Willo. AC will score.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #30

    To win or draw Lpool we got to score more goals. We will sure let in goals unless AP set us up defensively

  • Dannyo

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #31

    Against Liverpool we have to set up today, 4-3-3;

    —-Simmo – Perch – Willo – Santon—-
    —-Cabaye – Tiote/Guthrie – Jonas—-
    ————-HBA – Cisse – Ba————-

    We have to pressure them into submission and not let them get to too many attacks. Tiote will be vital for this one, hope he’s back. We need to him to protect our CBs, cause i don’t trust em.

  • Burni

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #32


    12geoff777 // Mar 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Ridgewell v HBA should be interesting.

    I can see HBA having a great game.

    Well called sir

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #33

    Arfa’s pace burned Ridgewell.. Our attacking trio with more games and understanding and chemistry between them. Is going to be frightening. The best is yet to come. Especially with Arfa. Player of his play style is very rare in modern football.

  • timuJ

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #34

    AWESOME…really good to see Ben Arfa interviewed…..looks happy and his english is much better than I thought.

  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #35

    Theres a few people talking about playing Tiote at CB.

    In my opinion that is just a red card waiting to happen. Could see him giving away 19 penalties from CB so keep him in the centre of the park where he dominates and tell him to stick with Gerrard and mark him out the game. Tiote will be more help by sitting infront of the CB as per….



  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #36


  • Tsunki

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #37

    Play Tiote at CB? Pfffft! definitely his best position is just in front of and guarding the 2 CB’s but as previously mentioned, a red card for every game he is allowed to play in if you stick him at the back.

    I am getting a vibe that Guthrie didn’t do well yesterday but (and I speak as one who is on record as totally unconvinced he has any product) I actualy thought he did well in an outstanding midfield. Of course he was overshadowed by a much more forward-focused Dreamboat, and of course the international man of mystery, HBA who doesn’t seem to have a position you can pin on him (how about tackling in defence, running the length of the pitch to create and then score your own goal, eh?). What a player, oh and of course he plays for Newcastle United. Anyways, Guthrie, yes a few wayward passes as his stock-in-trade, but generally much better and still a good workrate for me.

    Defence next week really needs to be on their game. Please don’t let this triumph be brought crashing own upon us.

  • mickybraham

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #38

    AC wont even have to jump to win headers against perch! Most, if not all, centre halves have problems beating AC in the air never mind a 5’11 defensive midfielder! Apprehension is the understatement of the year

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #39

    I worry about Perch and Carroll too, but our defence need to be smart enough to deal with it,


    Willo MAN MARKS him for the entire game,

    I think Perch and Tiote can deal with the ground game.

    Awesome yesterday BTW,

    PLease everyone EMAIL Demba Ba on his website and tell him to stay,

    Its worth a try lads.

  • Owldman

    Mar 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #40

    Andy Carrol was another court case waiting to happen,with Nolan gone that would have happened sooner rather than later,As i said in a previous blog no one held a gun at Carrols head & marched him of to Livershite he went for the money plain & simple,never mind this crap about phoneing the Fanzine mag asking them to tell the fans he never wanted to leave the Toon,maybe his agent scented another easy pay day.


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