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Hatem Ben Arfa Is A Phenomenon – A Dynamic Player

11:03 am, Saturday, May 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, who is already hugely popular on Tyneside that he cannot even get a haircut without being overwhelmed by young  fans, has some good words to say about his team-mate Hatem Ben Arfa today.

Ben Arfa mobbed after his fantastic goal against Bolton this year
Let me out!


Ben Arfa was quickly spotted as a prodigious talent as a youngster in France, and he played in all the French youth sides from U16 through U21, but has so far played only 8 times for the full French side with two fantastic goals.

Ben Arfa  got used to there being high expectations of  him in football, but he also made a name for himself at Lyon and Marseilles for being a bit of a trouble-maker.

So there were a few doubts about his character when he first arrived on Tyneside almost two years ago.

But Ben Arfa has said himself last week, from the French Training camp at the Clairefontaine Academy, that he has matured big time at Newcastle, and is now a much calmer person and more settled than he has ever been.

Papiss Cisse seems to have no doubts that the Frenchman has sublime skills,  as he had this to say about Ben Arfa today:

“Hatem’s a phenomenon,” “I don’t know why he hasn’t played for France up to now – that’s down to the coach.”

“But for me, he’s a dynamic player for Newcastle, and he should play for Les Bleus.” “He’s always joking around,”

“Every time something happens, he’s joking.”

Newcastle fans have taken to Ben Arfa a lot,  because of his brilliant goals, two special ones were against Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers this year, and also because of the brave way he doggedly came back from his terrible double-leg fracture in early October of 2010.

Ben Arfa’s been out of the French International picture since he’s been at Newcastle,  but we are hoping he will make France’s final squad of 23, along with team-mate Yohan Cabaye, and then star in the European Championships.

But not too much because we want him to stay at Newcastle, and we also want England to do well.

France is in the same Group D at Euro 2012, which also includes England, Ukraine and Sweden.

Maybe England can maybe even win it all in the summer, and then maybe not. :D

Comments welcome.



Tags: Euro 2012 · Hatem Ben Arfa · International News · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse



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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spuggy // May 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Not Arfa

  • 2 FatmanJoe // May 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    I’m really stuck on this because I want England to do well but I really hope France have a good tournament for the sake of our boys!

  • 3 SupaToonKid // May 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    from last post: Toonboy_84

    sorry meant to say a Hoilett type play e.g. can play on the wing or straight up as a forward. Players like Wilfried Zaha, Matty Phillips, Heung-Min Son etc. Definately though should try and get Hoilett as his contract is up but i think the main competition we’ll get for him is Bayern Munich as he is apparently attracted by the prospect of returning to Germany (he played in Germany on loan from Blackburn for a number years as they couldn’t get him a work permit).

  • 4 Graeme // May 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Hes probably the most gifted player we have had in a long time, up there with Tony Green, Jinky Jim Smith, Waddle & Gazza.

    Hope he has a far better career than them all though!!!

  • 5 FatmanJoe // May 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    On a different issue altogether – what with the year we’ve had with racial issues and indeed racial abuse online, is anyone concerned at the abuse our players will receive online if they do well against England?

    I don’t know if Ben arfa, cabaye or krul are on twitter but has it concerned anybody how twitter could be used to make footballers feel ‘uncomfortable’ in england?

  • 6 naptoon // May 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    graeme @ 4
    jinky jim smith and tony smith were b4 my time but waddle and gazza are comparable. i think hes better than waddle and not quite up to gazza yet whatever we love you hatem have a great tourney but not against us.

  • 7 naptoon // May 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    *tony green hungover

  • 8 tomtoon7 // May 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Beardo or is it weirdo,im fallin head over heels with u, your spellin &punctuation appraisal is funny.More importantly hope Ba signs improved contract e deserves all e gets!! love u Ben arfa you,re CLASS! HWTL

  • 9 veto // May 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    never had a player like ben arfa since beardsley , and my god have i missed watching that kind of player tear up the turf at st james’ , long may it continue

  • 10 out of toon // May 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    I’m torn with the Ba dilemma also – He’s a great player who i would love to see stay at nufc and would certainly hate to see him playing for another team (especially a premier league team). However, a dodgy knee, a lack of recent goals, Papiss Cisse, money-grabbing agents and the availability of very talented and reasonably priced replacements are a few things which mean i wouldn’t be devastated if he left – just mildly disappointed :)

    Long live Ben Arfa – all the above comments have real resonance. He brings back memories of beardo, gazza, ginola and brings excitement to our team. Wouldn’t want to see nufc without him.

    HWTL

  • 11 Ben_W // May 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    @ FatmanJoe I guess it’s always a possibility, unfortunately. Hopefully those sorts of people will avoid the NUFC lot! Would be a great shame for any of our players to get picked on in such a manner!

  • 12 cupiddstunt // May 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Catching up on today’s threads so a little off topic.

    WWYCD please tell me why you find it perfectly acceptable that NUFC keeps paying out money in the form of over-inflated wages to players not playing for the toon.

    If it’s your dislike for MA it has manifested in one of the most narrow minded, blinkered, bigoted viewpoints I have read on here, truly sad that someone can wish ill and financial distress on the club they are suppose to support just because they are not fond of the club owner.

  • 13 cupiddstunt // May 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    FatmanJoe @ # 5

    I think the police activity around twitter and facebook in recent times where politically incorrect postings are concerned should deter a lot of the potential numpties from posting their rednecked inbred comments.

    Also if sensible posters report these posts as soon as they are seen then I think it will quickly become apparent that inbred attitudes will not be tolerated.

    And rightly so.

  • 14 cupiddstunt // May 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Ooops have I said something that brought the blog to a halt????????????

  • 15 Indian Magpie // May 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    The Blog is divided into 2 groups

    1) Cupidstuntonians
    2) the others

    :cool:

  • 16 tomtoon7 // May 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    No blog police on ere<shame wid occassioanal mackem on it of that im sure!Hwtl

  • 17 Beardo // May 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Tomtoon

    Do you like N-dubz? I reckon you do, boiiiiii! Ya get me bruv?

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Good article from the lads at Nufc.com on the Demba Ba saga,the way they put it accross I don’t think I’d be too disaspointed if he left and we replaced him with one of those Dutch lads we’ve been looking at.

  • 19 Marty-Toon // May 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I think the English team will be sent packing,will pick up points against Sweden but thats about it….

  • 20 tomtoon7 // May 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Weirdo sorry,Beardo,wot u spoutin,i’d do Tulisa but no Boiiiiiiiii im into Stone roses,goin 2 c them soon! Back 2 more important matters<England aint got a chance!

  • 21 graham cwarr // May 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Well i gotta say. The England team probably stand a stronger chance with hodgeson. He’s perfect for the job. He’s always managed to get the best out of a group of cack players.
    There are far too many liverpoo players in the team with the only redemption being that at least they will have gelled at their club, as this team has very little preparation time.
    In other news beardo continues to be a pillock and cupidstunt in blog freeze shocker.

  • 22 cornishman // May 26, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    I think, hope , pray, Hatem has found his spiritual home. Next season given what he has produced this could be real barnstormer.
    I was told at an early age not to wish my life away…..but i can,t wait for August.




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