Brilliant Ben Arfa Has Shown Courage And Guts At Newcastle


Newcastle again looked a very good side yesterday in their 2-0 home win over Liverpool,  and Hatem Ben Arfa is starting to show Newcastle fans just what he’s about.

Ben Arfa in action yesterday challenging Jose Enrique

It’s a fantastic time for the mercurial Frenchman to come into his top form, at the business end of the season, and he was again a delight to watch yesterday, and crafted the first goal for Papiss Cisse superbly.

Hatem now seems fully match fit,  after finally recovering from his double  leg break, which happened exactly 18 calender months ago tomorrow – October 3rd of 2010.

Alan Pardew was as pleased as punch when he replaced Ben Arfa with Davide Santon on 90 minutes yesterday, so the Frenchman could get some well earned applause from the very appreciative Newcastle crowd.

This is what Alan said about Ben Arfa after the game:

“When you have a player who has a special talent, sometimes they look at you as a manager and they want to play. He wasn’t fit. He had worked really, really hard, but he wasn’t actually match-fit.”

“He was fit, but not match-fit, not really sure of how we played and in the Premier League, the transition of play, where he should be and where he shouldn’t be.”

“He has taken on board and he has listened to me,  and he as listened to my staff and he has been very, very diligent.”  “That’s why nothing would give me more pleasure than for him to make the French squad, and I think he can.”

“He has got some individual ability that I would be very surprised if France has that in the squad in terms of what he can do to a team.”  “Even if he was to be taken as an impact player, he’s got a great opportunity and he is in great shape.”

Alan Pardew has managed the lad very well this season, although Newcastle fans have been frustrated at times that he hasn’t played more games, but he is now showing what a great player he can be, and he creates goals for others  and scores them too.

The way he created that goal for Papiss Cisse out of nothing yesterday,  shows that whenever he gets the ball, watch out, because a goal can be at the end of his run, either from the boy himself,  or for somebody else.

He’s a total joy to watch in action,  and the lad deserves great credit for the way he has come back from his terrible double break.

Ben Arfa had shown great patience and fortitude, and not a little bit of courage and guts, and he’s been a credit to himself and to France too.

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16 comments so far

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #1

    What a player. Always showed promise and is getting the chance to show it week in week out. Can only be good for us. I think he’s shown enough this season to warrant a spot in the France team, although being completely selfish, I wouldn’t be too disappointed if he didn’t. A nice and rested Benny will be good for us come the start of the season.

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    agreed mate

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  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Apr 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    The man’s a magician. Enrique was made to look mediocre when up against Arfa.

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  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Apr 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    From the last thread:

    Love how liverpool fans are slagging off Perch for going to the ground easily, yet they fully back “hand of god” suarez.

    I don’t think any sane person can say that Suarez would not have done the same.

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  • jarnytoon

    Apr 2, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Hatem Ben Arfa Will Be A Newcastle Legend! The Man Is Unbelievable! France Would Be Daft To Leave Him Out Of The Squad!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Have seen some people were saying yesterday we should be trying to get Berbatov or he’d be good to get. Why? Granted he is a good goal scorer. But he’s everything that was wrong with our team when we went down. Over priced, lazy and a bad attitude. Plus I wouldn’t be starting him over the 7 in 7 wonder that is Cisse 🙂

    If does end up going this summer, then we will need to buy a ready made replacement (Not saying someone we already know lots about – In Carr I trust). If he stays, I can see us buying a young prospect, but nothing more. I do wonder about the ACON next year though. Mind you, we managed ok this year and are looking at Europe head on

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Perchinho (From last thread). If it had been the mighty Suarez then probably nothing would have been said. Do you think it’s from hitting the ground so much that his teeth stick out like they do? Too much turf in the gob if you ask me

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  • alip123

    Apr 2, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #8

    The only thing missing from yesterday was Jonas Gutierrez slotting a goal past Enrique when he was in goal. Would have really rubbed it in his face.

    I don’t think we will get champions league but if we can pick up some results before we play Chelsea and teams such as Spurs and Arsenal and Chelsea drop points, why can’t we give it a go?

    Next four fixtures are
    Swansea (a)
    Bolton (h)
    Stoke (h)
    Wigan (a)

    I hope we get at least 8-10 points from those games

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 2, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9

    It would be advisable for us if we signed Pieters b4 the euros. any1 agrees

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  • ogm

    Apr 2, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Yeah, the boy deserves the plaudits, Always been good, now even better and fitting into the English game a treat.

    Pardew deserved the credit for how he handled him.

    Well Done HBA, Well done Pardew

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Benny was great again,great team display all over the pitch.
    Was laughing the way Tiote was puttin the shivers up them every time he got the foot in.
    The way he took the ball over shelveys head too,lol
    He was mean machine

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Apr 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #12

    The best of Ben Arfa is still to come!

    The lad has just so much untapped talent! The fitter he gets the better he will be!
    It sound s stange but he has come back a better and more mature player after that broken leg!

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  • Nojdani

    Apr 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Let him be brillant for us and not the french national team!!
    He will not benefit playing for the national team IMO

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  • wynsleap

    Apr 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s amazing how the crowd starts to buzz every time Benny latches on to the ball.
    You only get that with gifted individuals like Ginola and Beardsley.
    I’ve got a feeling that the lads are up for a right royal run in.
    With the way we are playing 3 points are winnable against Swansea and we have Chelsea to play yet.
    And let’s aim for Arsenal and Spurs too – they’re not exactly out of sight.
    Champions League entry would be the final kick in the nuts for Carroll, Enrique, Beye, Barton, Nolan, Bassong etc.

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  • derekm

    Apr 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    The biggest thing about Ben Arfa is that he has matured – not getting in the team back in france would have had him causing trouble. He has listened to Pardew and slowly got himself to the point whereby he is fully fit and applies himself according to what the team requires of him. Well done Hatem, enjoy your career with the toon.

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #16

    When he signed, Newcastle were as happy it pulled off as Spurs fans were in the last transfer day when they snatched Van der Vart. We’ve had to wait and wait. The last few games gives himself chance to finish on a high, then compete next season for France, and to be the best prem league attacking midfielder next season, and compete to put us higher up again at the end of next season.

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