Newcastle’s Ben Arfa Has Talent You Can Only Dream Of


Alan Pardew is talking today about his mercurial winger Hatem Ben Arfa, and the Newcastle manager is challenging the French International to be more consistent in the coming season.

Ben Arfa gives thumbs up at the French Training camp in June

It’s a drawback with will o’the wisp players like Ben Arfa,  that they can disappear in games, but we saw Ben Arfa increase his work-rate significantly for Newcastle last season.

And in January he finally became a starter for the side, and scored 6 goals last season for Newcastle, and two of them this year against Blackburn in the FA Cup and Bolton in the Premier League, were the best goals seen at St. James Park – maybe ever – and that’s saying something.

Alan Pardew has a good knack of communicating with his players though the many interviews he gives during the season, and he made it clear to the Frenchman that he had to work hard for Newcastle, or else he wouldn’t get in the side – as simple as that.

Unfortunately during the summer he seemed to slip back into his old ways when representing France in Euro 2012, and the 25 year-old has since been warned as to his future conduct by the French Football Federation (FF), after he argued with then French manager Laurent Blanc in the dressing room.

But that hasn’t stopped Ben Arfa from being selected for the upcoming friendly game against Uruguay at the Grand Stade du Havre on August 15th, along with Yohan Cabaye, by the new French manager Didier Deschamps.

Deschamps and Ben Arfa didn’t exactly get on when both were at Marseilles, and that was one reason Ben Arfa ended up at Newcastle airport one day in August two years ago, determined to force a move through to Newcastle United – which he did.

And only recently Ben Arfa’s father Kamel was involved in an incident with the lad’s agent, Michel Ouazine, outside the disciplinary hearing in Paris.

This is what the Newcastle manager had to say about his mercurial French winger today:

“A lot of my players would tell you Hatem has talent they can only dream of.”  “He just has to bring it to the table. There were games last season where he did – but there were a lot of games where he didn’t.”

“He has to get consistency in his game. It’s about how many times he can bring that magic to the pitch. He needs to improve on that.”

Ben Arfa is currently getting fit again with his French team-mate Yohan Cabaye,  as they only reported back to training last Monday, after having time off following Euro 2012, but they should still be able to make it by 18th August, when we take on Tottenham at St. James’ Park.

That’s always assuming they don’t get injured playing for France on the previous Wednesday. 🙁

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475 comments so far

  • AMEOBI

    Aug 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #1

    I wouldn’t mind being benny I’ve got to say.
    Can’t remember which game it was at home but I remember them training benny and abeid, abeid learning from him like 😉

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  • geordie157

    Aug 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Lets get Corchia and have two young exciting full backs. Then get a cb and Anita to toughen up the defence.

    Also Guiseppe Rossi is out until the new year. But his team mate Musacchio would solve our centre back problem!

    So that’s Corchia, Musacchio, Anita and Konate, then we are set.

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  • pbNcl

    Aug 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Aaah good stuff being selected benny, really happy for him.

    Anyhow must dash

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  • geordie157

    Aug 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Wonder if we’ve scouted Kurt Zouma, a 17yr centre back for St Etienne and yes he’s French.

    Gijon centre back Alberto Botia, ex Barca is highly rated in Spain

    Just thought i’d throw a few names into the mix. The latter looked good in a few games i saw last season.

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  • arroeben

    Aug 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Just gotta love benny! He has that little dribbling skills that not many have!

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 5, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    unless he;s having a shocker (and in all honesty i’ve yet to see him have one. his ‘worst’ appearance in my estimations was at fulham last year and he simply hadn’t gotten involved but he wasn’t alone) HBA should be starting every game

    as Ed says -simple as that.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes let’s get corchia 21 already at debuchys level

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #8

    I can dribble, but not like that 🙂 haha

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  • nightfa11

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    debuchy needs to force his way out of the club this year.. hes already 27..next year he’ll be 28 & to change clubs at 28 it would mean he will be a first choice RB (for the new club) only 2 seasons..perhaps 3 & then he’ll move to the bench..

    if he doesnt move this year he should just stay at lille..for the good of his career..

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Hopefully tomorrow we announce corchia n find out the rumour of bid accepted was true

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    The Corchina rumour was started by a tweeter who was taking the piss out of Cwarr and showing had silly silly season really is.

    I’ll show you the link in a moment!

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #12

    * had? How

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13

    i am a big fan of ben arfa even before he join us.

    he is one of the players that can create MAGIC, even some manchester united fans state that he is TOO good to play for us

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Brutoon

    Manchester United fans are classically clueless about football, that’s why.

    Ben Arfa has a lot of talent, but he doesn’t have the consistency to play at the very top level – not yet. Something seems to have sorted his attitude though, whether it’s Pardew or maybe the injury.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Be great if its true and we get him signed, he could well be on Pardews list for right back. Other than Douglas its hard to tell what other centre backs we are monitoring.

    But maybe a young one like Zouma will do, Saylor and Colo to start the season, then have Wilo, Good, Zouma and Tav as back up, with Streete and if needed Perch as additional options.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    geordie157

    I don’t see us going for another CB to be honest – from last season, we’ve added Good and Tavernier, which leaves us with 5 CB’s.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Beattie but he actually is fantastic player n would b a better option than debuchy if your goin on age n he has the ability

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  • gunnarnufc

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #18

    See people are throwing around a lot of FM legends like Corchia and Zouma. And u are mentioning a rumor of a bid for Corchia. Where is that rumor from? Any links?

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #19

    TDS

    Pardew is a very good motivator. If anyone can get the best out of Benny it is Pards.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Is Zouma a FM legend, i found some oldish link saying City and Utd were monitoring him.

    Be good to watch some Ligue 1 this season and see a bit more of some of these players.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Tds I agree don’t think we will go for another cb think we will jus go with tav n good, tav has been my stand out player in pre season when he’s been in there next to colo

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #22
  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #23

    MFH

    Yeah, I don’t deny it. It seemed like a big gamble playing the ‘criticise Hatem publicly and drop him regularly’ card, but it appears to have worked a treat, judging by January onwards.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #24

    My phone is being annoying but I believe it was the tweeter known as Strawberry Corner that started this whole Corchia bollocks

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  • geordie157

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    TDS, you could be right there, they may feel that’s enough, just hope Saylor can stay clear of injury!

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  • gunnarnufc

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #26

    geordie157: Yes indeed. The best young defender in the last FM by a landslide.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #27

    davy

    That’ll save us £5m on Douglas then.

    Pards has been saying two MAYBE three players so with Good and Tav as CB No3 then there is less urgency to sign an established CB.

    I’d settle for Anita and Debuchy.

    How did Obertan do last night btw ?
    There’s been talk of him converting to A Henry type role and that would mean we don’t need a 3rd choice striker either.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Corchia does have great potential

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Magpiesflyhigh

    I would b happy with Anita n debuchy convert obertan as striker n bring in another winger

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s mad but jus getting Anita n debuchy would make a huge difference to our starting 11

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  • geordie157

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #31

    MFH, like the Remy post on there, with us linked with 15mill bid, then a Spurs fan posting to say they are bigger club and will give him 90k a week compared to our 50k, he even rates tottenham ladies as page 3 models.

    I really really hate Spurs, purely because i’ve never met a Spurs fan who isn’t a complete tw@t.

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  • outsidethebox

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #32

    still think debuchy will come plus a decent centre half …cannot accept that we can go in with just collo and williamson and saylor as main choice centrebacks…perch and tav are last resorts …imo …anyone watch japanese yoshida..
    after watching sturridge last night confirmed my opinion he isnot a team player and pleased toon never signed him …

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Remy would only cost about 13mill which is around 17mill in euros om would take that with there money troubles

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #34

    In a way, with our limited budget, we should be looking to promote from the academy and development squad before buying.

    Then, when we’ve seen who can step up and who cannot, we should be plugging the gaps with new signings.

    For instance, Sammy, Marveaux and Tav look able to step in in place of Lover, Best and [CB that never reached ‘the line’], so do they need replacing?

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Geordie157

    The only thing worse than a know it all Spuds fan is a pig ignorant Spuds fan

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  • geordie157

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Debuchy, Corchia or Van Der Wiel? I think Debuchy as it stands is the best all round player, Corchia has a greatest potential ie similar to Santon. Think VDV is suspect defensively may not improve much more.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Sick of fans who are scared to play the younger lads these lads 20year old they would played 30+ games at man utd or arsenal by now, they will never improve or prove there worth if not giving the chance

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  • nightfa11

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #38

    perfect TW would be:

    – debuchy
    – remy
    – & a towering CB to replace willi.. hes just not good enough..OK defender when he has colo next to him..but..we need better.. if colo gets injured we are FUC××D…would struggle to finish season on 10th..

    anita would be a bonus..not a priority.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #39

    nightfall

    The thought of Taylor and Williamson playing beside one another scares me.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Tds am totally with you on this we hav to start promoting from within the club abeid n biggie add extra depth to midfield, tav n good at cb, Vukic as am n sammi n fergie on the wings, then we hav marveux, amalfitano n gosling

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