Cisse – We Can Get Top Four, Cabaye – That Was The Real Ben Arfa


Papiss Cisse has been phenomenally successful in the Newcastle number 9 shirt, ever  since he made his debut against Aston Villa on February 5th.

Papiss Cisse scores again – YES!!

Papiss now has 10 goals in 9 games for the Magpies, and Newcastle fans will be hoping he can keep up his amazing goal-scoring exploits in the final 5 games of the season,  and propel Newcastle to a European place for next season.

Given where we were last August,  when there were some doubts about having to fight relegation,  Newcastle have done amazingly well, and yes,  that’s an understatement.

Papiss has talked today about what is possible for Newcastle in the last five games of this season:

“Like the manager says, it is possible, but it is only a possibility.” “We have got five matches left and we have to work really, really hard in the week so we are ready for the weekend, and then we will see if we can get there.”

“We have only got five matches left, so we are going to take it match by match.” “But we have really got momentum behind us, so I still think we can do something really extraordinary.”

“The team spirit is good and we just want to keep going, to keep winning. It’s good for the team.” “We have one month to go and it is good to go to the training ground to work for something.”

“Now we have the Champions League as a target, and it’s very, very exciting to play for that.” “We are very, very happy. The results yesterday were great for us.”

“We keep winning and now we are with Tottenham with the same points.”  “So with five games to go, why not?”

Newcastle now have  five wins in a row,  and next up is Stoke a week on Saturday, and another sell-out crowd at St. James’ Park will be willing the team on to victory, just as they did yesterday.

But Bolton were tough yesterday, and for a team fighting relegation they played very well, and in the first half in particular, restricted Newcastle to no chances at all.

It was only in the second half when Alan Pardew brought on Shane Fergusoan for James Perch, in what was a clear attacking move, that the game opened up.

But Bolton could still have been 2-0 up,  but they missed two golden opportunities to score in the second half.

One of the misses was down to a great save by top goalkeeper Tim Krul, and then after 73 minutes, Ben Arfa got another of those fantastic goals and his 7th goal of the season.

Papiss Cisse again helped himself to a goal to make it 2-0 with just 7 minutes to go, after being set up so well by Shola Ameobi, and the game was over,  and Newcastle were clear in 5th place in the league table and 2 points above Chelsea.

Yohan Cabaye, who will make the French squad for the European Championships this summer, and would love for Ben Arfa to be joining him, had this to say today about the mercurial one:

“That was the real Hatem Ben Arfa and fortunately he is playing with us.”  “He is in our squad and he is a different-class player.”

“He works hard every day for that, to be fit for us, and he has the national team as a target as well.”

“There are still five games and if he plays like that in the last five games, I think he has a big chance to get into the squad.”

Newcastle must remain calm and down to earth, just like the Newcastle fans are – kind of.

But anything is now possible, and it would even be possible for Newcastle to win all five of their league games they still have to play.

Why not?

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217 comments so far

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Why not indeed.

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Maybe not all five games. . Four and a draw haha.

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  • Thump

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Remember when Ben Arfa said that we could challenge for the top four and we thought “Oh you and your French optimism!”

    Anybody for humble pie?

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Dreamboat : “That was the real Hatem Ben Arfa and fortunately he is playing with us.”

    Amen to that.

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    I can barely contain my excitement!

    looking ahead, imagine if we do make Europe? I think 2 free transfers would complete our attacking options, namely Hoillet and Farfan.

    We all know about Hoillet. Have a peek at Farfan, coming into his prime at 27 and perfectly suited to counter-attacking football, he’s a rocket and never stops chasing!

    http://youtu.be/3t41KKxKLdg

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Reckon 11 pts from 15 will do the job as long as three if them are at Stamford Bridge.
    10 pts might even do.

    Spuds will drop 5-6 pts
    Cheski will drop 5-6 pts

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Thump…I’m a bit stuffed, but probably can manage one more slice

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #8

    @ thump aye wasn’t that the same time indian magpie, gorgonzalo and the like were calling for pardews head as he would never take the club beyond 8th??

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know what’s happening. Who’s took our Newcastle United away and come back with some players that look the same, and some new players, and turned them into a team that’s a joy to watch, instead of the usual nail biters. Oh yea I just remembered, he’s called Pardew, and he’s found the place he’s got a chance of becoming a real legend, turning a bottom half finishing squad, with players sold, into a team fighting for a Champions league spot, and then. . . . . . .

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Only problem is, if we smash our way into Champions League spot this season, instead of just top half, which was origonal aim, what’s next season?. . . . title challenge lmao.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Next season dreamboat is gonna be an absolute monster in midfield now that he’s used to the physical side and the pace of the EPL, can defo see danny g staying if we hit that 4th spot!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #12

    If we qualify for CL, who in their right mind would want to leave? All we’re doing is improving, surely any player would want to be part of this?

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Excited who’ll be joining the club this summer. Especially if we nick fourth. We’d have prime pickings over Liverfool etc, and rightly so.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Ben Arfa is just unbelievable at how fast he can run with the ball in such close control.

    Not many players in world football have that talent. The goal yesterday the ball was always where he wanted it and even had the exact perfect wait when he knocked it past the centre havles.

    Its like like Bale whos quick, but tactic is hit the ball a few yards in front and run, Hatem has the ball under his influence all the time.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #15

    geordiejamie89 @ 13…

    not wit Liverpool offering 80k to average players we wont.

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Farfan’s latest work, getting all 3 assists in Schalkes 3-0 win.

    http://youtu.be/Piy7tk1gNlc

    It’s about time we had a Peruvian successor to Nobby, isn’t it? 😉

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Robby…isn’t it illegal to be under the influence of Hatem in a sporting event?

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Agreed. Who wants to leave a club that’s in the papers for all the right reasons. You’d have to be mentally ill to want to leave Newcastle for Liverpool at the end of this season. And if we nick fourth, it’ll be at Chelsea and Spurs’ expense, so they’d be second favourite. And seems they’re the clubs linked with majority of our players, it gives even more hope.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #19

    CODARM really cant see any1 leaving this summer except the expected crew of smithy loverman hopefully xisco, unfortunatly living down south i know alot of spuds n chelski fans and am sick of hearing the same drivell from them like my mates ex gf’s cousins babysitter works at chelski/spuds n tiote/krul is a done deal, if we beat them to 4th why would our lads wanna leave our big club for these smaller teams eh?

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #20

    On recruiting new players…If all they’re after is a high wage, then they’re best off at Liverfool. We want players who want to play for the cause. We’re not offering silly money like some clubs, but decent money which any person should be happy to play football for. If they’re heart and head aren’t in the right place, then we’re right to pass

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #21

    I can see us going for the same type of player as before…the 4-8 million rated who have big potential, but with champions league football it may be easier for us to get the likes of Gameiro who were unsure.

    I can see Ba leaving if he can get more money and I reckon Tiote may want to if someone wants to double his wages.

    Cabaye turned down more money from Russia so that may not motivate him, and for some reason Hatem seems the type who just wants to be happy, and if hes happy here why would he leave.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #22

    tads…It’s frustrating isn’t it. As if these people actually know what deals are done or not. Well, if players do leave this summer it wont be down to ambition, that is for sure. It’s either Mike or the player wants the money, imo, it will be as simple as that.

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Robby Bobson

    Yup, he’s a sorcerer with the ball. Paving the way towards been the next mega-star of the PL, only problem then is, if he performs consistently to that level throughout next season, the likes of Real will come enquiring, I fear.

    Let’s enjoy the here and now, we’re harping back to the Halcyon Days of Sir Bobby.

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #24

    @15. That’s true. But it does help Newcastle, even financially. The money gained from finishing fourth does give the option to buy quality players. Add to that sponsors that might jump on the Newcastle bandwagon. We could afford players we wouldn’t otherwise, even if it is just transfer fee.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #25

    @ robby bobson ba is a maybe but really cant see tiote leaving speaks so passionatly about the club than most our squad and has already knocked back chelski cant see why he would go now plus it would have to be a livepool silly offer as hes still got 5 1/2 yrs on his contract

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #26

    CODARM @ 17

    Not if Ben Arfa says so…

    And Farfan is available on a free? Decent.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Ben Arfa has that sought of admirable arrogance which is an essential ingredient in mercurial style players a la Cantona, Zidane, Ronaldo.

    It’s that will and self belief that we can get CL football, or win the league next season that drives him on.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #28

    @CODARM exactly if any1 goes its purely for silly money but even then i cant see it

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #29

    I really can’t see Ba leaving, he’s playing with his international teammate at an up and coming team, guaranteed regular football.

    If we make Europe we will keep all our players, unless a silly money offer comes in.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #30

    I’ve said before that I don’t think qualifying for CL and the extra revenue will particually change the way we deal with transfers. Tbh, I can see Mike re-paying some of the loan with excess funds and he would be perfectly in his rights to do so. I truly believe the days of us over paying in fee’s or wages are gone. Maybe down the line there may be one or two, but even that is pretty unlikely with Mike at the helm. In case that sounds like a criticism, I will add I can’t think of too many owners I’d rather have right now – Not even City’s

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #31

    But yer don’t like to talk about players leaving, but anyone who does want to, can’t be for footballing reasons, so good riddance.

    In all fairness to Enrique, he did leave for what he thought was lack of ambition not for money, but who can use that excuse now??

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  • Garreth

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #32

    We can get definitely get top 4 still, the biggest game of our season now is against Chelsea.

    Chelsea still have to play Arsenal and Liverpool in the league, and Tottenham and Barcelona in cup matches, there players aren’t going to be able to cope. We can get the victory we need. We can beat Stoke and Wigan, and City just haven’t looked the same so we could even beat them.

    The last game of the season may be tough, certainly if Everton are still trying to finish above Liverpool, but if we’re chasing 4th still then our players have the mentality to win.

    All season I have told myself we would start to drop off eventually, and drop points, but now I have complete faith in the team and the timing of our form is perfect! 4th this season, treble next.. 😉

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  • MacToon

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Already seen a random name or two appear with “inside” knowledge over the weekend. It will happen more and more as we go through the summer months. In my experience atleast 90% I’ve seen on here as inside knowledge is proved to be total bo110cks.
    Don’t fall for it would be my advice.

    If it’s a “done deal” for a player/s to go to Spurs or Chelsea then that means it’s an illegal approach in the eyes of the FA, tapping up in other words. Therefore I’d guess the rumours are rubbish 😉

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #34

    I don’t think Mike Ashley would go for a mega Caroll like buy, or anything like that. But we have the better option to buy a player, then just look for players that are out of contract. Like the CB, we’ve been linked with at Ajax, looks better than Douglas. So it gives options.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #35

    I keep looking at our league position.

    Pinch.

    Pinch.

    Pinch. Ow that one was hard.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Robby…I kind of agree with Enrique. However, if that was how he felt he should have said that from the start, not dwell us up as he did do. I think I’m correct in that didn’t he say he wanted to make sure we guaranteed survival or something before signing? Then it just never happened.

    I can see why he went. It didn’t always look so rosy, bet he’s had a good long think about it now though

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Adding to my HBA remark, if he does perform to his maximum for the entirety of next season, that’s trouble for our counterparts and we’d be definitely at the sharp end again.

    May he show them no mercy! 😀

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  • Garreth

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #38

    The only player I’m worried that we might lose is Tiote. The way to stop that happening is finish above Chelsea!

    I don’t think Ba will leave, and I really hope he finds his form again soon. Another hat trick against stoke please!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Haha the people with “inside knowledge” always crack me up.

    Only person to have “inside knowledge” on here worked in the Jesmond when players booked a room..its not like football agents or people who work at nufc are going to come onto twitter or here to give away their secrets are they?!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Spuggy…I’ve ran out of skin to pinch – Hmm…scratch that comment – might leave some bad imagery

    Whoops

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