Ben Arfa – Newcastle Can Do Anything This Season

Over the summer Ben Arfa seems to have got himself into a little trouble with the France manager Laurent Blanc at Euro 2012,  and new manager Didier Deschamps left him out of his first squad last week against Uruguay, and after we thought that Ben Arfa would not even make the Newcastle squad yesterday because of injury, he not only started but was Newcastle’s best player (again) and was the difference between the two top sides.

Hatem Ben Arfa – great shot of the Frenchman after scoring yesterday

The fact that the Frenchman is way ahead in our poll for Man of the Match, with over 63% of the vote,  is not surprising,  because the fans just love this player, and as Alan Pardew said after the game, Ben Arfa is the type of player who the fans just love to see,  and pay money to see.

And of course he’s absolutely right there, and we had glimpses of  Ben Arfa’s brilliance in that first half,  and at half time we thought Newcastle needed to get the ball more to him in the second half, since he looked in top form, and so willing to work for the side.

With this performance Ben Arfa will hopefully have silenced a few of his critics in France, but we always think that episode at the Euro 2012 was blown out of proportion – yes we know that’s very strange for the press to do that. 😀

Ben Arfa was asked why he kept the ball for the penalty he had earned for Newcastle, when he saw Lennon and van der Vaart in front of  him on the left wing, and he stabbed the ball between them, and was clearly brought  down in the penalty box.

Demba Ba seemed to be the penalty taker, and he tried to get the ball off Ben Arfa, but this is why Ben Arfa said he wanted to take the penalty:

“I thought I could score and that’s why I shot the penalty.” “I was sure I was going to score. I have confidence and I was sure I was going to score.”

“I feel confident and the team are playing very well, so I’m very happy to play with this squad and this group because there are a lot of good players, and everybody is playing for the team.”

“With everybody, we can do anything.” “I’m a little bit tired now but that’s normal after a game for me,” “But now I’m going to get some recovery. I can’t play on Thursday because I’m suspended from when I was at Marseille.”

“But I’m very happy to win today and I hope we can win against Chelsea as well.” “It’s important to win the first game of the season for the confidence, and we won against a very big team so I think it’s very good for us.”

We hadn’t realized that Ben Arfa couldn’t play in Athens on Thursday night, because he is serving a Europa League suspension, but he will be kept for the tough game at Chelsea coming up next Saturday.

We’ve had a good start to the season, because we already have more points from Tottenham  this season than we got from them last season,   and of course they finished above us in the league last term.

And it was that great goal from Demba Ba, his first since early February,  that sent Newcastle on their way to victory – it was great stuff in the second half from Newcastle yesterday.

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20 comments so far


    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    love benny boy!

  • Dannyo

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    The fact that so many with poor fitness levels got 90 minutes yesterday will be very, very important against Chelsea.
    It’ll be a tough game, and i don’t expect to take anything from it.
    The one chance to do that will be to be ahead of Chelsea in terms of fitness and stamina.
    We’ll need to outrun em imo.

  • kilcline

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Mackems bid £10m for Adam Johnson, we should go for him! Him and Ben Arfa in a 4-3-3 would be frightening.

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4



    i sussed that like, arguably the best centre backs in the country yet neither were in last seasons team of the year??

    pretty decent argument against like

  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Wouldn’t pay 10million for Johnson, would have him, but 5 mill for Ben Arfa, 10 mill for Johnson,mmmmmmmmm

  • hdavid23

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    anyone know anything about Marveaux? he was supposed to be on the bench yesterday, but they couldn’t locate him… this sounds worrying…

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Is the match on Thursday live?

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8


    just a mix up i imagine

    marveux seems like a proper proffesional, couldnt see him going off intentionally

  • hotdog

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Ive read that Adam Johnson does not start enough for Man City as Mancini thinks he is lazy. I tend to agree with that although he is a threat going forward. We dont need that sort of player though we need a centre back and quickly.

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10


    its not on tele but someone last night said it will be streamed on ueafa’s website,

    the second legs on tele

  • BigKirky

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Watching replay of game again on ESPN this morning. Waddle still hasn’t grasped the word ‘penalty’ this year. Amazing how someone hasn’t told him it’s not ‘pelanty’.

  • nick_9

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Johnson is good but his wage is a lot. Big spending clubs ruin good young players, they either fail to get game time or have massive wages which make them reluctant to move on to another club for a lot less money.

  • hotdog

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    nick_9 – It’s not the clubs fault imo. If a young player moves to man city or chelsea it is for money as the first team chances will be very limited.


    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14


  • Bucks mag

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Team for Atromitos:

    Tavernier Perch Williamson R Taylor
    Obertan Bigirimana Gosling Marveaux
    Vuckic Ameobi

  • surreytoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Just watching MOTD, Sunderland should have lost yesterday. Gervinho looked good and Giroud should have scored. 7 corners Arsenal to 0 Sunderland, 10-1 off target and 4-2 on target.

  • Toon73

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Forget Johnson it’s not happening.

    Nailed on for Pieters this week. Toivonen and Douglas last day. 🙂

  • carrollsinger

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Think the team will be more of
    Tav willo good Taylor
    Sammi Anita gosling marv
    Shola. Vuc

  • Minato

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #19


    I’d say I agree with that line up, except I’d have Abeid instead of Bigi. Think he’s definitely closer to the first team and looked great in pre season. Both will be great players but naturally I think Mehdi is further along and deserves to start.

  • Constanstine

    Aug 19, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #20

    I think our CD is sorted, Coloccini and S.Taylor are the main man and Perch and Williamson as back ups. We need another striker and full backs, either Peter or Debuchy.


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