Both Ben Arfa And Cabaye Now Expected To Make French Squad


Both Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye started for France against Iceland last night in Valenciennes, and both Newcastle players had more than decent games.

Ben Arfa – in action last night for France

And the chance that Ben Arfa will make the squad, which France manager Laurent Blanc will announce at any time, was strengthened by the fact that Marseilles forward Loïc Rémy has been forced to withdraw from the provisional squad of 26, and will now miss Euro2012 due to a thigh injury.

A scan yesterday on the 25-year-old’s torn muscle, suffered in a league game against Auxerre two weeks ago, showed the injury still has not healed as well as had been expected.

So Blanc only has to eliminate two players to get to his final squad of 23, and we now expect Ben Arfa to make his first squad for France in a major tournament, while Yohan Cabaye is expected not only to make the squad,  but also to start in central midfield for France against England two weeks today, in the first game in their Group.

France play England on June 11th, the Ukraine on the 15th and then Sweden on the 19th June, and last night was the first time Ben Arfa has played for France since he arrived on Tyneside in August of 2010.

The French supporters know Ben Arfa as a bit of a brat from his time at Lyon and Marseilles, but they will now have to get used to a much more professional and mature Ben Arfa.

The 9 times capped Frenchman has changed for the better under Alan Pardew’s tutelage at Newcastle – in both temperament, skills and work-rate.

And it could be that both Ben Arfa and Cabaye will start against England, as Ben Arfa seemed to have a good understanding with France right-back Mathieu Debuchy last night, with Debuchy rumored to be coming to Newcastle to join his big pal Yohan Cabaye on Tyneside.

Debuchy would be a great signing for Newcastle,  and of course he scored France’s first goal last night, five minutes into the second half, as France gallantly came back with three goals in the second half to win the game, after being 2-0 down at half time.

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18 comments so far

  • graham cwarr

    May 28, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope these two get in as they’re fantastic. But i hope they don’t so they can rest up for next season.

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  • Ollieh51

    May 28, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    By all accounts Debuchy looked class last night?

    Will he work on the right with Hatem not tracking back as much?

    There’s still talk of us looking at Clyne though, are we in any danger of having too many foreign players at the club?

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  • jayphoto

    May 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    The french job for me is the hardest in european football! The problem they have is almost too many good players that don’t fit into 1 system, rather than pick the most effective team, they try to cram them all in to 1 line up! Blanc needs to step up and drop a couple of big names! Ribery for 1 shouldn’t be anywhere near the squad, good player but goes missing in the big games and is awful for squad morale! Gourcuff is another in this bracket! Personally feel like they should play a 4-3-3 with Matuidi and M’vila playing just behind cabaye in a midfield, Ben Arfa right attack, Menez left with Giroud up front! I know this leaves out Benzema but giroud is the inform target man! This system and team would destroy most of the euros, pacey, hungry players! Unfortunately for france, Ribery, Nasri, Benzema and malouda will all play, bring theyre big reputations, egos and attitudes to the finals, under perform and france will be as the last world cup!

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  • geordiesteve520

    May 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone seen Nick Powell’s goal yesterday – he looks a player. Should stick in a cheeky bid even though he will probably go to Man U.

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  • graham cwarr

    May 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    @jay as the head of the French fa i say you’re hired

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  • Badfrandsen

    May 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    @jayphoto from last thread:
    Regarding Løvenkrands, then there have been a lot of discussion about him, when he scored goals in the championship and the time after we sold Carroll, about taking him into the national side again, but he didn’t get picked because he didn’t fit into the “system”, which I find strange because we only had/have one “proper” striker in Bendtner… Again our National coach only pick players that he knows :/

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  • jayphoto

    May 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    @4 I thought his Man Utd transfer was a done deal actually?

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  • Jackson1989

    May 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    was it just me bt whn i was watch did benzma miss about 4 really gud chances frmo assist from wor ben arfa, and i totally agre tht ribery shouldnt bt in the squad becos he was 1 of the main trouble makers thy caused the major bust up in the france squad, menez and nasri werent to great either, so ben arfa should walk into the squad

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Cabaye is a certainity, i think 2 of marvin martin, HBA, gorcuff and Valbuena will go

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  • jayphoto

    May 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Its actually frightening to think of the players certain national teams have coming through! France, Denmark, Belgium and germany have so many good players under the age of 23 that are tearing it up at their clubs! England for me have 2 players that might! Andy Carroll (think hes gonna be a big player for england over next 5 years) and jack wilshire! If wilshire were German, he wouldn’t be even mentioned for the national team yet, but in england hes the great midfield hope of the future…..

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  • jayphoto

    May 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    whats with the Marvin Martin love on this blog? He had a poor season! Him and Boudebouz are vastly overrated! He’d be a great player for swansea in their system! For me in france, Belhanda is the stand out exciting player!

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  • sirtoongospel

    May 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    @2 – bit harsh on HBA? He works as hard with tracking back as anyone in the NUFC team. His work rate has been quite superb this season.

    Obertan on the other hand………………………

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  • geordiesteve520

    May 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    @Jaytoon – I know SAF has personally watched him, guess a bid is not needed then.

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Looks set for both of them to be there. Cabaye was already a certain starter so does not matter how he performed last night (averagely). Ben Arfa I reckon will go because his link up with Debuchy was superb and Blanc substituted him as he’d seen enough to put him in. I think Gourcuff will miss out & maybe Martin as well.

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  • joe

    May 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree that the French have too many good players and they’re all crammed into one lineup.. but that’s the coach’s fault. For example.. in a 4-2-3-1 Cabaye and Gourcuff would NEVER start together in central midfield. If you look at Iceland’s 2nd goal you would see its Cabaye not tracking his man and Gourcuff being nowhere to be seen

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  • Marty-Toon

    May 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #16

    The couple of lay offs and one two’s that Ben Arfa plaed with Benzema were just class.
    Evra’s defending was abysmal and their goalkeeper suspect so they have their weaknesses

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  • robtheguru

    May 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #17

    I didn’t catch the game, but if Debuchy and Ben Arfa are linking up well with France then surely a move for him to the Toon is nothing short of common sense?

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  • gazzaforever

    May 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #18

    I m french , our weakness is our defense, mexes, rami , evra are horrible, and like jayphoto wisely said, blanc will use ribery and malouda, instead of benny and menez because he s a dumb f***.

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