Let’s Hope Ben Arfa Can Repeat Everton Magic – Videos


Ben Arfa’s very first goal for Newcastle was at Goodison Park in September of 2010.

Ben Arfa scoring against Bolton

That’s when he got the ball about 10 yards outside the penalty box, moved to his right, and then thought I better get the ball on my left foot, so he moved to his left again.

And then when no Everton players came towards him,  he simply rifled the ball into the back net giving Tim Howard no chance, for a spectacular strike.

After that game whenever Ben Arfa got the ball 10 yards outside the penalty area,  opposition players immediately went to close him down, but then of course he broke his left leg at Manchester City a few weeks later,  and missed the rest of  last season.

In case you haven’t seen that goal lately here it is:

And that goal was enough to give Newcastle all 3 points, and we are hoping the Magpies can get the same return on Sunday in our final game,  of what has been a terrific season.

But the Frenchman has come back in great style this year, and has just recently been included in Laurent Blanc’s provisional French squad for Euro2012,  and he has scored six more great goals for Newcastle this  season.

The former Manchester United and England player, Gary Neville, has voted Cisse’s second strike at Chelsea the goal of the season, and Ben Arfa’s goal against Bolton Wanderers, as the third best goal.

Of course Ben Arfa also scored a stunner against Blackburn in the FA Cup, but Sky Sports didn’t have the rights to that video, as Alan Pardew explained:

“The only thing is Sky didn’t have the broadcasting rights for Hatem Ben Arfa’s goal against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.”  “That would have been the top goal for me.”

“Ben Arfa’s goal against Bolton Wanderers was third, so from my point of view we have had three out of the four best goals this season.” “You have to be pleased with that.”

So Newcastle are in the news for the great goals thay are scoring these days, and it’s excellent press for the club.

Well, in case you have forgotten about Cisse’e wonder goal at Chelsea (no chance) here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmn00WMDLxA

And here is Ben Arfa’s goal against Bolton Wanderers.

And why not – here’s Ben Arfa’s FA Cup goal against Blackburn.

Newcastle have some team this season!

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101 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    May 11, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #1

    sexy goals

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  • duncandisorderly

    May 11, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Non-News!

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Please please let us do well!

    My girlfriend is an Evertonian and she has said that all of you are invited for tea of we win.

    Everyone apart from jimmyxavi

    Anyone fancy french toast and beans?

    Cmon Demba 1 and Dembe 2 and Hatem and Yohann and Jimmy Perchino!!!

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  • shamsoftabriz

    May 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Whatever the outcome on Sunday, it’s a shame that this season has to end. What a ride.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Beattie

    I’ve an exam, 9.30 Monday morning. So if you can give me a lift back down to Bath.

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  • Melaka Born

    May 11, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    i/m late to be the 1st one to comment..!!!!! cheers

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  • Toon_Tom

    May 11, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Sounds good Beattie

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  • KevinHann

    May 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Hey guys, there are some official figures for the previous season that can help us get a grip of where we stand now in financial terms, as opposed to where we were a year ago:

    Season 2010/11
    # Team Income Wages Ratio
    1 Man City 153,2 174 114%
    2 Aston Villa 92 83,4 91%
    3 Blackburn 57,6 49,9 87%
    4 Chelsea 222,3 189,5 85%
    5 Bolton 67,7 56,1 83%
    6 Wigan 50,5 39,9 79%
    7 Sunderland 79,4 60,9 77%
    8 Fulham 77,1 57,7 75%
    9 Liverpool 183,7 134,8 73%
    10 Stoke 66,8 47,1 71%
    11 Everton 82 58 71%
    12 West Brom 59,4 37,4 63%
    13 Newcastle 88,5 53,6 61%
    14 Wolves 64,5 37,9 59%
    15 Tottenham 163,5 91,1 56%
    16 Arsenal 255,7 124,4 49%
    17 Man Utd 331,4 152,9 46%

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Beattie25

    is it an all expense paid trip

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  • ImightBe Wrong

    May 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s been a great season. Hope Pardew gets manager of the year.

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  • KevinHann

    May 11, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    I am extremely curious for how much our income has increased this season. We will get a small slice of extra TV money because of our better league position:

    5,3 million more than last year if we finish 5th;
    6,1 million more if we finish 4th;
    6,8 million more if we finish 3rd.

    These are the figures in case the terms of the TV deal are unchanged for this season.

    We could get a little extra from another article of the TV deal if our televised games this season are more than last time – we had 16 televised matches in 2010/11, but I think we have had 17 this season so that won’t make a huge difference.

    I’m not very sure what the difference is in terms of prize money from the FA for our final position.

    We should have achieved something better in terms of sponsorship as this is a field we have a massive gap to make up for! (And thus the notorious rename of SJP)

    We should have kept the salaries in the same bracket or even brought them down a little bit.

    Sadly we don’t have any extra revenue from cup games as we only had 1 home game in Carling Cup.

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Say what you will about our finances but our business model is still in a fragile state. If we truly have to fund ourselves with the income we generate we will forever be challenging but never winning.

    To enable ourselves to become a ‘Massive’ club we need to exploit the overseas markets of Asia and America and only then can we have the money available to become a major force and dominate the PL.

    If you ask me we need to find American and Asian youngsters and truly shownour business model to be exceptional.

    That is the future for us. To take NUFC into the global Market big time. Then we will not only have the resources to challenge but the finances to bring in unlimited punts of decent players should we wish too.

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Indian I can afford to pick you up from Switzerland so you’ll have to make your own way there.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    never mind i will toast you from here in Delhi

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  • check the toastie

    May 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #17

    The financial figures in the telegraph show that the ‘top 6’ clubs (exc NUFC) are all big wage payers, currently we are seriously punching above our weight in this area, hopefully this will be improved as income goes up or we will be at the continued mercy of these teams, and will always struggle to consistently finish top 6 IMO.

    Although our current league position shows that a one off season can see a team like us challenge for 4th, thinking that we should be pushing for 4th next year with our current financial constraints will be difficult unless our scouting continues to perform miracles.

    I still see us competing next year for 6th/7th and this should be deemed acceptable and anything else is a bonus.

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  • Toon_Tom

    May 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Right guys – off home now (i only speak to you guys in work time, not my time 😉

    Have a great weekend and hopefully we will be discussing how the foooooook we grabbed 3rd place come monday 😉

    All the best guys

    HWTL

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  • KevinHann

    May 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Our figures this season will be better than the ones in the Telegraph, though not that much to close the gap.

    You have to consider that clubs like Tottenham have a tremendous boost because of the Champions League campaign they had – and that is why they are so desperate to get in again.

    Apart from that, clubs like Liverpool are operating on a great loss with the hope to return to the top 4. They are very dependent on realizing that goal, if they don’t achieve it in the next season or two, they will have to cut their losses despite their far superior merchandising and sponsorship deals.

    It would be tremendous for us if we can get 3rd or 4th, absolutely tremendous. We will guarantee around 30% higher income just because of potential TV/prize money, not to mention the extra revenue because of match day etc. And we will truly cut the financial advantage clubs like Tottenham have over us right now!

    Man Utd, Arsenal and even Liverpool are too much ahead, can’t compete with them anytime soon. Man City and Chelsea are off the charts.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    May 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #21

    P.s stop that nonsence about Gosling leaving. He and Obertan will be very usefull players next season, believe me.

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  • KevinHann

    May 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Something to consider about our model:

    Alan Pardew is on 500k/season contract.

    Got any idea how much the average for the Prem is? Not even talking the big guys here… McLeish is earning many times that and look where Villa are.

    The serious question is how to maintain that level of performance and compete continuously with the same model without losing your assets because your income isn’t growing fast enough to keep them.

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  • out of toon

    May 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    anyone…. whats the word on simmo (and best/guthrie for that matter)????

    also beattie i’ll be toasting 3rd place from here in australia, and enjoying taking a sickie on Monday

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  • KevinHann

    May 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Simple truth is we have to accept we are likely to lose these assets and try to replace them.

    The alternative is we keep them and we stall because we can’t grow fast enough. It’s a matter of choice of course and certain risks can be taken, but with a model producing results in place already it’s highly unlikely.

    Don’t be surprised if we sell players like Tiote and Ba, or even Krul given a massive bid for them. In the situation we find ourselves at, it’s imperial that we are able to replace them with sufficient quality, keeping them is good and potentially important, but sadly not imperial.

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  • KevinHann

    May 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #25

    And you have to have in mind that doesn’t concern only the players. It is just as valid for Pardew. Or Carr.

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  • Shane

    May 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #26

    LADS listen up! 🙂

    I can NOT promise we will make the Champions League on Super Sunday but i CAN promise you this…

    There WILL be twists and turns and ups and downs and turn it arounds on this final day!

    Whether it is the fight for the Champions League or even QPR getting a point at City, staying up and United winning the League!?

    Sunday afternoon, phone switched off. Potato based snacks at the ready and beer on ice!

    2pm. Watch the first 45 mins of the City game, i’d like to see QPR take the lead, let’s have some fun!
    … 3pm… Boom, here we gooooo! 🙂

    It’s going to be one hell of a ride! 🙂 🙂

    Come on the toon!

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  • mattnufc

    May 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Danny Simpson not in squad for tomorrow, gerrin.

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  • check the toastie

    May 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #28

    out of toon

    Simmo’s statistically the best RB in the league however in reality he is dog poo.

    Best and Guthrie are leaving the club, close the door on the way out boys and enjoy the rest of your careers at sh1tty clubs.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #29

    I Know that we are all NUFC supporters but calling other clubs sh1ty is out of order (apart from mackems)

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  • KevinHann

    May 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Come on, Simpson is not dog poo, he’s quite a decent RB. I’m absolutely comfortable with his presence in our defence and he has had a very good season. He’s not world class and probably not one of our best players, but easily one of the better in the squad. Unless we can spend say 15 million on a fullback, we will have to risk on someone to just replace him successfully, let alone improve as a side.

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  • out of toon

    May 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #31

    check thanks – figured best and guthrie were leaving to ‘greener’ pastures

    was hoping to keep simmo – imo a great squad player, need players like him for cups and europe and bring in big guns for premier league
    can see his pooey side also tho… what a twat for turning down 25thou

    hmmmm
    all games kick off same time sunday eh?
    10pm over here
    i am so farkin excited
    would lmao if we pulled 3rd

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  • KevinHann

    May 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Imagine we sell Cisse for 18-25 million to say Real Madrid in the summer or the winter, and that’s quite possible. Wouldn’t that worry you a bit more than the urgent need to get rid of Simpson?

    Btw you lot realize we can’t keep Cisse for more than a season and a half if he keeps scoring at the same rate, right?

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  • KevinHann

    May 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Unless we are a Champions League club, that is. Then we would stand a chance to keep him a little longer.

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  • munch27

    May 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #34
  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    May 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #35

    This year’s Kit is not that bad! IMO it’s even better than the last seasons. I hope next year home kit will be something like asics 1993-1995 b e q, on http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Newcastle_United/Newcastle_United.htm

    25Troleibusiukas_LTU // May 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    or adidas 2001-2003 b

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Can we not go 1 day without the 2 sides of the Simmo opinion going to war?!

    It’s always he’s decent versus he’s do poo.

    By the way he is god awful

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  • KevinHann

    May 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #37

    By that logic Perch was megapoo not that long ago. Such a debate is irrelevant 🙂 We’ve got much more interesting topics worthy of engaging war!

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  • check the toastie

    May 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #38

    I agree Simpson is defo doo poo.

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  • check the toastie

    May 11, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Dont bring Perch into this he is class, and should have replaced Simmo a long time ago. And dont mention goalline clearances or i shall hunt you down and torch you.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Check ,
    Perch has come good,very good in fact but he wasn’t that good not so long ago so maybe playing him in place of Simmo when his confidence was shot might have had an adverse affect,I think the right strategy was played out.

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