Ben Arfa – With Our Great Team Spirit Why Not The Top Four?

Ben Arfa certainly seems to be enjoying the camaraderie  in the Newcastle dressing room these days.

Ben Arfa takes on Neil Taylor on Friday

The French International, who turned 25 last month, is back into top form, and we expect he has a good chance to be in the French squad for the upcoming European Championships this summer, along with his team-mate Yohan Cabaye.

Arsenal got a late 87th minute winner against  Manchester City yesterday, and are now 5 points ahead of Newcastle, who are level on points with Chelsea at 56, and three points behind Tottenham.

It looks as though Newcastle will certainly get at least 6th place in the league, but will be pushing for as many points as possible over the final  six games of the season.

It seems Manchester City have come up short in the title race,  and are now 8 points behind Manchester United, so we suppose they’ll have to spend even more money on players in the summer?

Manchester City hardly have the team spirit that has been so apparent in the Newcastle camp this season, and Ben Arfa talked about that spirit today:

“I don’t know if it is the best experience of togetherness I have experienced in my career but I can say that all the players feel very good in the dressing room.”

“I don’t know if we can get into the Champions League.” “The first target is ­Europe, but then why not the top four? If we can keep ­winning we will see.”

“We don’t believe it is easy to win games in this league because every game is difficult.” “But if we can carry on with this spirit of ­everybody being together, then why not?”

“I am enjoying this run of games but more ­important is that we keep winning matches.”

Newcastle will probably be missing at least Cheick Tiote for the home game this afternoon against Bolton, which on paper looks almost a certain home win.

But that’s why this could be a very dangerous game for Newcastle.

But the lads will try to notch their 5th win on the trot, in front of another sold-out crowd at St. James’ Park this afternoon, and Tottenham are at home to Norwich and Chelsea are at Fulham tonight.

A Newcastle win could see us move above Chelsea in the league by tonight, with just five games remaining.

We have to hope for all 3 points this afternoon if we are to make European qualification this season.

Howay The Lads!!

12 comments so far

  • Oleg G

    Apr 9, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Wow, who knows, if things go our way today….
    I mean, Chelsea and Spurs are playing.

    But seriously. Lets just go out and give Bolton respect, and win because we are strong enough and not because Bolton are weak.

  • Oleg G

    Apr 9, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #2


  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 9, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #3

    when i think of it i feel we can win all our 6 remaining games

  • BigKirky

    Apr 9, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #4

    All we can do is try our best and apply ourselves in the remaining games.

    This season has been a massive success regardless of where we finish now, as the lowest place certainly seems nailed on as 6th. We have a lot less on the line than the three teams who we are challenging so I do think they’ll feel that bit more pressure than us.

  • BigKirky

    Apr 9, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m loving three in attack which I’d been preaching from the rooftops for months as it eliminates the reliance on Guti and Obertan to put over quality crosses, which as we know aren’t exactly a regular occurrence.

    We have the players to play that three in midfield too. Cabaye for one getting better in that role. Two superb passes to Cisse

    Wonder if Beardo’s Marvin Martin prophecy will come true this summer judging by his team’s standings this season and his recent comments. I think he’d fit in very nicely with Cabaye and Tiote as a three, altho Jonas does such a great job when he plays it’s hard to not find a place for him. Would be certainly great for the squad, which we will need with the other impending departures.

  • Belly

    Apr 9, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Top four this season would be amazing, I do however feel that we are more than likey to finish 5th or 6th. I just hope results go out way in the FA cup so we do qualify for the Europa league. I’m loving the positives coming from the players too. I hope we can keep building on the success of this season and it would be amazing if we could bag a trophy or too. It’s a great time to be a Newcastle fan. 🙂

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 9, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #7


    i was saying the same thing, even though i love jonas, he creates very little, but always gives 100%,

    obertan, he is a waste of a squad no, he offers nothing,

    when i was banging on about it, it was more down to the fact HBA should have been playing more than he was, also we didnt have cisse, but i felt cabaye was being played more as a defensive midfielder, and we lose so much of his game when he is that deep,

    im happy that alan pardew has dropped his stubborn head and is now letting them play football, what we have right now is momentum and no pressure , wel none compaired to liverpool chelsea ars and spuds, expensive squads with big expectations,

    howay the lads,

    2.0 to the toon today, ba and cisse

  • Brutooon

    Apr 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    if we finish 6th, no Europe place right?

    Assuming Everton will beat LiverFOOOOL

  • Toon! Toon!

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Brutoon @8, I think we can get Europe with 6th.

    If Chelsea/Spurs come 3rd/4th/5th AND win the FA cup and Liverpool are runners up, as they already have the Carling cup spot, that would mean there is still one place left Soooo….
    Liverpool must beat Everton AND lose to Chelsea or Spuds in the final

    1st – 4th 4 x Champions league
    5th – 1 x Europa League
    Carling Cup Winner – 1 x Europa League
    FA Cup Winner – 1 x Europa League

    1 – Man U
    2 – Man city
    3 – Arsenal
    4 – Spuds
    5 – Chelsea

    FA cup Chelsea or Spurs
    (already have top 4 spot, so their spot would go to the runner up, if the runner up is Liverpool then they already qualify via the Carling, therefore the spot would go to the next highest placed in league i.e. 6th Place)

    Carling Cup – Liverpool
    If liverpool somehow manage to finish in a european spot then their europa spot would go the the next highest team not qualifying

    This is all however only if we come 6th…. When we come 3rd 4th or 5th which are all achievable depending on results of the teams currently 3rd -5th

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10


    no such thing as a certain win. very dangerous to predict that and tempt fate as your many years of supporting NUFC must have told you by now.

  • juanpeterbeardsley

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Brutoon @8 Toon,Toon @9
    4th place is a big ask for us we would need to win most of games left and need Tottenham to drop points I see them finishing with 71 or 72 Arsenal too far ahead now may end with 75.
    The only way to make sure we qualify for Europa is to finish above Chelsea which is in our hands as we play them.To qualify in 6th we need Liverpool to knock Everton out next week in the FA Cup

    If we dont qualify still been a brilliant season HWTL

  • theleckworthbird

    Apr 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #12

    The problem is, the way both teams are playing I think Everton are hot favourites to beat Bin scabbers.
    It will be down to us to secure a place.


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