Pardew – Ben Arfa Should Have Had Two Great Goals Yesterday


Just after Ben Arfa had scored his first goal for Newcastle yesterday with that mazy run,  he did it again.

Ben Arfa slots the ball home yesterday – 1-0

But this time rather than cutting inside and shooting for goal, he laid it off to Papiss Cisse on his right,  but the Senegal man was offside.

Alan Pardew – the perfectionist that he is – has pointed that out today,  that Ben Arfa could have two great goals yesterday.

This is what Alan said about the Ben Arfa wizard on Tyneside:

“As I’ve said before, I’ve been pushing the issue that he should definitely be part of the French squad.”  “There are not a lot of players who can do that and the French manager Laurent Blanc needs to understand that.”

“Not only did he get that goal today, he had a hand in the second and his workrate was just phenomenal.”  “It was important that Hatem bought in to the team ethic, because otherwise he wasn’t going to get a game.”

“It’s not just about Hatem, it’s about the team and he understands that. His contribution to the team has been outstanding.”  “This period that we’ve had, he’s been a very big part of it. I’m a lover of football. “

“You don’t see many goals like that and I’ve been lucky to see two of them.”  “It was truly a special goal. His first turn opened up the pitch a little bit and then his speed has taken him past one, then the second player and the last bit is probably the cleverest bit.”

“That’s where he’s just lifted the ball which meant their center-half couldn’t slide in.” “The finish was typical Hatem – he didn’t panic. It was truly outstanding. “

“It’s going to get Premiership coverage and all the plaudits, and so it should for a goal of that quality.” “I’m sure it’s going to get highlighted all week as to how many players can score a goal like that.”

“He actually should have done it again and he shouldn’t have passed to Cisse or he would have got himself a second goal.” “I don’t give him too much information offensively.”

“Somebody like Hatem, you’ve got to let them have their world and it is his world when he has the ball. When he hasn’t had it, that’s when I focus on him.”

Newcastle fans dream of having a man of Ben Arfa’s abilities wearing the famous black and white stripes, and the fact that just under two years ago he made it very clear he only wanted to sign for Newcastle, makes him even more special.

But that double leg-break meant there were at least some whispers that he may never be the same player again.

But this year Ben Arfa has proved he’s as good as ever with two magical goals at St. James’ Park this year,  and in 29 appearances for Newcastle he has 7 goals and 7 assists, and looks a top-class player again and a steal at £5M.

The Newcastle fans have been great to the Frenchman, and it’s certainly become a mutual admiration society.

And that two way affection is only going to grow deeper if this lad keeps scoring those goals for Newcastle, like he did superbly yesterday,  to get us all 3 points.

Ben Arfa and Newcastle are a match made in heaven.



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23 comments so far

  • Xavi

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    i hope we dont get a stadium sponsor now because if we make cl we could get so much more money from it.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Tsunki…I think this answers your question from the previous thread…Save the epic posts until the afternoon 🙂

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    The goal was class, loved seeing pardew clapping it as if he was a seal waiting for his fish dinner.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Check…Ay, that’s what we want to see from our manager 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    ibiza 😉

    Any euro participation would be good. We will earn extra revenue, we will buy more players, the players will become much more experienced, we will subsequently qualify again.
    The downside? Our players will get tired and we will not get any titles and possibly slide down the league? With that kind of fear it would perhaps be best not to play competitive football at all then.

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I cant stop watching them goals…what a performance he just blows teams to smithereens…love it….one of the best signing for us in a decade…

    I reckon Ba needs some comfort time, he is feeling frustrated but his game as of late has dropped a bit noticed his first touch last 4-5 games has been a bit iffy….

    I am sure he will bounce back. Ameobi has improved a hell of a lot… I cant see Leon Best coming into the team. We need a fast striker now as third choice/option…like an Obafemi, or Bellamy etc…..

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    3rd Repost for irishtoons benefit as it cud be seen as crucial to his quality of life.

    IrishToon- if i was you i wud buy a membership 25quid and then get tickets now, other games Sunderland i know have sold out before general sale, (liverpool/man utd close to sellout) and the cheaper tickets (man city game 40quid) will go first, if we win our next two the game will be a sell out and you may miss out, just register on website and then you are assured of 2 of the cheaper tickets, advise try and get in the gallowgate as atmosphere is better in their. more towards the east stand side of the ground.

    If you are playing for flights you might as well make sure you get the tickets. Wud be a shame if you missed out.

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Top draw player on his day and now his work rate is getting near the levels of our other players he looks a world beater

    Though Ed he was a 7 mill buy if u factor in the fee paid to loan him (I think it was reported at around 2-2.5 million)

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki…I do agree. European football has to come and we need to be ready for it. I’m not saying “oh no, competition, let’s run away”, as that is ridiculous. Obviously extra games will take their toll and this season, we’ve mainly had the PL to focus on only…it’s not like we’re facing this run in with any cup distractions, is it?

    I’m all for extra avenues of income, success etc, however, the team will have to know our priorities for next season imo

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Check…you’re showing some true dedication there….

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  • Londtoon

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    As someone posted earlier it is not guaranteed on Saturday until Everton drop points. They can still catch us as can Liverpool so all eyes on Blackburn tonight to do the business to at least take the Liverfools out the equation.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Ibiza – yeah for sure priority – setting a must for next year, I believe the domestic cup runs are a crucial part of drawing the talent through and should be a means to an end of perfecting a larger squad with versatility. If we reach a cup final then fine, but first and foremost this squad must be deep and experienced, so the more runouts our up and coming talent get during these competitions the better imo.

    IrishToon – Check has this one nailed. Other than that convince a member on here to get you two tickets but I see an element of trust issue there lol..

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  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Ba couldn’t possibly quibble with Pardew’s decision to bring him off, because, let’s be honest, for 70 mins he was distinctly mediocre, and Shola did more in the last 20 mins than Ba did all game. Pardew, inexplicably in my view, changed the system yesterday to get Ba back in the middle, and we created less than we have for the last few weeks. I don’t know what is going on with Ba, but he has been ‘under the weather’ since returning from the ACN, and all the business about his release clause was made public. Some are saying that he is being pulled in all directions by a member of his own family, who is on his management team, and trying to fix him up with a move to PSG.I don’t know if there’s any truth in this, but he certainly hasn’t been the same player in recent weeks, and perhaps we are seeing why his national team manager rarely plays him alongside Cisse

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  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #14

    By the way, as an aside, Tiote has only played 18 of the 33 league games, so could this be why some at the top are beginning to think that if a big offer came in, they would take it?

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Londtoon…All we need is liverpool to drop 2 points this season and then they can only match our current points tally. Everton need to drop 3 with us getting no points to catch us. A possibility, but highly unlikely.

    Once the FA semi is out of the way, the only other comp that could have an impact is Chelsea winning the CL and getting the 4th spot for next season and that’s only an issue for us if we finish 4th…Chelsea winning the CL is also extremely unlikely imo.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Londtoon – agree and i know where you are coming from, but if Liverpool do progress then that would take some weight off our shoulders as Europa would be ‘pretty much’ in the bag!!!

    Then we push on for 4th 😉

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #17

    Quite clearly champions league would be class and wud provide an incentive for player recruitment and retainment, however the way the squad already looks fatigued without no sustained cup runs will raise serious worries that we wud have to play a total weakened side in domestic competitions, and i know that first and foremost in most fans eyes is trying to win any trophy, if that means playing our top team in every FA cup game i wud do that above Champions league games,

    Priorities for me should be given to those trophies that we have more chance of winning, Champions league wud be class, but as pardew said should be seen as fun and an experience as we aint winning it, thats for sure.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza – Chelski wont win the CL – they have to play Messi ov Barcelona 😉

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  • Londtoon

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Agree with both 15 & 16, It looks very promising and a win against Stoke would do it for me.

    We have built a very good gap between those teams making it near impossible to be caught so we will all be watching at the weekend but lets take the Stoke game in 2 weeks as a cup final I say. Hopefully Tiote, Perchino and Ba are all back and in form.

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  • tarie4

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #20

    who is this joe mason from cardiff we are being linked with?

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  • martoon

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #21

    Am I missing something? I thought it doesn’t matter if Liverfool (unlikely now) finish above us because they already qualify for EL via Carling Cup! So it is only Everton we have to worry about.

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #22

    Very interesting:http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/EuroExperience/uefaorg/Finance/01/77/26/16/1772616_DOWNLOAD.pdf

    IF we can make the CL group stages, it could take the club on leaps and bounds.

    We’d probably make about 25m+ directly from the competition, meaning money awarded by UEFA and not including ticket sales etc. So North of 30m all things considered. Then there’s the prestige which would give Mike a great advantage in negotiating with a stadium sponsor, not forgetting the increased revenue from finishing 7/8 places above where we did last season (about 6m).

    Imagine welcoming the elite, a Bayern Munich for instance or, trekking off to Milan.

    Come on lads, see this through 😀

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #23

    7 goals and 7 assists doesn’t do him justice. He’s built up his time on the pitch making a lot of apps as a sub. Now he’s starting, and only coming off when he’s created or scored a goal at the minute, which gives us fans a good chance to make some noise for the Tyneside legend. Hopefully any injuries he picks up next season, which will happen, will be minor ones, and we’ll see him nearly every week, and he offers as much flair as Manchester Utd’s Nani, or Man City’s Silva, so with that to build on, Newcastle have a chance of becoming a competitive club. You only have to look at the way we’ve been playing of late, and if it’s carried into next season with our bigger squad, we can compete at the very top.

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