Ben Arfa The Man Of The Moment On Tyneside

It took Hatem Ben Arfa a while, but this year he has shown the fantastic form he was renowned for when he played for French Champions Lyon and Marseilles, and in the first three Premier League games of the season, the 13 times capped French International has been Newcastle’s best player in every game.

The great Ben Arfa in action last Sunday

And he already has two goals this season, a penalty against Tottenham which he earned,  and then whipped the ball away from official penalty taker Demba Ba, and coolly sent Brad Friedel the wrong way.

And then on Sunday he got Newcastle a point, when he launched a missile, this time with his right foot, that rocketed into the back of the net, and showed everybody he’s not a just one footed player.

That goal should be used to show just how fast a ball can fly, when a player with almost perfect technique shoots at goal – it was simply remarkable.

And it seems that Yohan Cabaye, his French team-mate,  is well aware of the magic of Ben Arfa, and he had this to say on the  Newcastle web-site today:

“When the defences are hard, every time he is the best player to make the difference for us.” “Against Aston Villa it was him and even against Tottenham, he won the penalty to win us the game.”  “He is the man of the moment and I’m very happy that we have him in the squad.”

It remains to be seen what the International future holds for Hatem, because he didn’t exactly see eye to eye with Didier Deschamps when he was at Marseilles and Deschamps came in as the manager.

And with Didier now the French National manager, Ben Arfa has not made the last first two squads since the European Championships.

And before we end this article – here’s that goal again from last Sunday – the video’s not too good – but you get the point:

My goodness it’s still fantastic – I feel a whole lot better now. 😀

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112 comments so far

  • Zimbo Toon

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #1

    He is the most skillful player in the PL…. more to come from him

  • MacToon

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Great goal, great player, glad he’s at NUFC.

  • steveno7

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Hatem is a hero
    he is now an adopted geoedie.
    Long live king arfa.
    Sounds like a nickname qhich could stick.”king arfa”

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Legend in the making is Benny boy

  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #5

    First week of school finished and exhausted!

    Need to blow off steam… Need an argument.

    I think Ashley has done a fantastic job and we should be on for fifth or sixth.

    Plus I think colo got beaten for pace loads in our last game and against quick strikers this season I’ll worry about him.

    Any takers?

  • MacToon

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #6

    I also think Hatem’s ready for the free-role number 10 position now, build the team around him and hope he doesn’t get injured.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Fatman…Sure why not. Problem is I missed the last game and thing 5th or 6th is achievable. Not much help really.

    On Benny…what a player

  • ochytoon

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #8


  • jasper

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed, could you possibly get something done about the virus or whatever on your server that redirects us to unpleasant porn sites? It has been going on for weeks now and I know others have complained of the same thing. Thanks

  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Dam. Usually when I come on here I can’t stop getting into arguments but now I actually want one… The kids are much more accommodating!

    Thanks for trying tho Ibiza!

    And benny is a real player. Needs to try and bring others in to the game as well. Saw cabaye against villa in ample space on several occasions and benny just ignoring the pass.

  • Adopted_Geordie

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Can easily see Benny scoring 15 goals this season if he is given a free role just behind the strikers.This lad just oozes talent and class!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Jasper….Have you tried an adblocker?

    Fatman…Don’t worry, it wont last, not on here 🙂

    Adopted….I can see Benny scoring 15 even if he was in goal

  • ochytoon

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #13

    What are you gay….

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Fatman Joe

    Yeh exhausting week at school.
    You teaching or learning or both ?

    Agree totally so no argument here 🙂

  • hatem or love him

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #15

    can’t wait for the game against Everton, hopefully our anchor man is back executing them sublime slide tackles. roll on the 17th!

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #16

    I think sometimes we underestimate the challenge of sustaining injuries like Benny had, and then working hard to come back an even better player.

    It just shows the raw determination Hatem has to be amongst Europe’s elite. Another player we can count on. He could even be our main attacker should Cisse and Ba stay longer in the ACON.

  • Adopted_Geordie

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Amidst the doom and gloom that surrounds our club with the weight of expectations and lack of transfer activity,quite a few take it for granted how good a player we have in someone said the most talented player in the premier league and i am proud he plays for us.


    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Sorry to disappoint you Fat Man but i don,t come on here to argue!

    Hatem is an adopted Geordie and the good thing is, there is more to come!

    Hope no-one takes him out the same as Phsyco De Jong did!

  • rknufc

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #19

    for anyone whos interested theese are the newcastle player ratings for FIFA13
    Krul 79
    simpson 76
    taylor 77
    colo 81
    santon 75
    ben arfa 81
    cabaye 81
    anita 75
    gutierrez 78
    cisse 82
    ba 82
    i think they could have been better but overall theyre not too bad

  • veto

    Sep 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #20

    always used to buy him on football manager , santon too ! , crazy how there both here playing for us 😀

  • Super Magpie

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #21


    Unfortunetly thuggy teams like chelsea, Stoke and Sunderland will realise they can’t stop him so injuring him would be the best thing to do.

    I was absolutely raging when De Jong Broke his Leg because I knew we’d lost our most skilled player for a season.

    If something similar was to happen again I would be even more P*ssed off.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Was just watching the Republic of Ireland against Kazakhstan, 1-0 down up to the 87th minute, got a penalty to rescue an unlikely point only for Kevin Doyle to step up and nick all 3 points! 😀

    Buzzin, Origins of Symmetry is Muse at their most Muse-like, Absolution is fantastic, Black Holes and Revelations holds a personal sway as my favourite, the Resistance has a few cracking tunes and is slightly disappointing as an album and the few songs that I have listened to from The 2nd Law has left me wondering why I have only seen Muse 5 times…must plan the next gig I am going to 😀

    Sorry for the digression, back on topic, HBA is one of those players that only come around once in a blue moon, he is certainly something special, let’s hope we get the best out of him and that he repays the club for sticking with him during his darker times here, if that happens then the club can go very far indeed 😀

  • Super Magpie

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Anyway here’s my team for Everton

    Anita Colo (Perch) Saylor Santon
    Tiote (Bigi) Jonas
    Ben Arfa Cabaye Marveaux

    I’ve dropped Cisse because he’s been below par this season and it would be very unfair to drop Ba, who although with a lack of service has been trying.

    However this is the team pardew will play
    4-4-2 👿

    Anita —-Colo ( Perch) —-Saylor —-Santon
    Ben Arfa —–Cabaye —–Tiote (Bigi)—– Jonas

  • Super Magpie

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #24


    You’re right, HBA is a player who IMO should be not be sold for any price. Along with Krul.

    Everyone else has their price.


    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #25

    not really happy with the ratings given to our players krul 79 common he should have had atleast 83 for what he has done

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Super Magpie

    Personally I add Tiote to that list too, I see him as the future captain of the club and he should be kept at all costs too. I agree that GK should always be a position of stability, if you’re chopping and changing keepers it doesn’t let the back 4 bond with the keeper so Krul should never be sold, also he isn’t half bad either 😛

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Also, does it really matter how Fifa rate our players? These are just the opinions of people outside the club, surely our opinion of our own players is the only one that counts.

    However, it is interesting to note that if those ratings are true, Simpson is rated higher than both Santon and Anita.

    Food for thought…

  • Super Magpie

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #28


    A year ago I would’ve had him down as well.
    However he hasn’t been able to stay fit for a good period of time and is continuing that into this season.

    I can’t fault his ability and attitude when playing though, he makes our team so much stronger. We wouldn’t have conceded 5 at Spurs and Fulham had he been playing and not at the ACON

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Ah Super Magpie, have a little faith in him, HBA was out injured for a year, doesn’t mean he hasn’t the same ability, Saylor is highly regarded as a player despite having the unenviable title of a walking sick note, and we still think he can do a great job at the club.

    I wouldn’t say that Tiote has overly concerning injury problems, he has missed a few games with a calf niggle and will no doubt be back to his supreme best for the club.

    I would hate for us to sell him to a “bigger” club, because let’s face it we won’t be selling him to a club on par with us, as only the so called big clubs could afford what we would want for him, and if he ever did move I have no doubt he would be as brilliant for them as he is for us. The simple solution is to just keep him here 😀

  • thebionicMAG

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #30

    The think I like about Benny is the fact that he WANTED to play for us. Remember the photo of him at Newcastle Airport when he went on strike? He was like “Screw you i’m flying straight to Geordie land until its sorted out!”. And what do we get? Fantastic displays. Thats what you get when you sign players who want to play for you. He’s just fantastic. 😀

  • beefman13

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Ben arfa for us fans is the diamond dogs1 he just lifts the whole gaff, more wonder goals to come from him as well in my opinion, for me he will continue scoring and improving, what a kid to have in your team such a game changer, he loves the toon, he is worth at least half a dozen times what we paid for him,

    its funny cos in the past our buys went back over, now we have kis worth 4/5/6 times what we paid for them.

    they all seem to improve it virtually a role revesal from the owen boumsong luque marcellino days etc etc

    i think its brilliant though, what a frigan scouting system we have!

  • Super Magpie

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #32


    As a player I regard him as a fantastic player. As I do for Saylor and HBA. HBA’s leg break was a freak injury as was Saylor’s achilles rupture.
    Although Saylor had never consistently been able to stay fit before that anyway.

    Tiote just seems to get these niggles so often that keep him out longer than expected. Now is it because of the way he plays? Or is he just being bang unlucky all the time?

    It really is a shame because when he plays the team looks so much stronger and assured.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Super Magpie

    Well I think the tackle he put in against Spurs that caused the injury he has now was totally needless, but that’s the way he plays.

    I for one would be absolutely gutted if he was ever sold, he is the business. Strap a captains armband round his arm when Colo hangs up the boots and I think you will see a man possessed.

  • Super Magpie

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Bionic & Beefman

    He adores the fans and we adore him. I think he was blown away by the support he got when he suffered the leg break and wants to repay us with everything he’s got.

    He wouldn’t have got support like that back in France with his ‘reputation’. Nor would he get that support if he joined any other team in our country now.

  • bollance

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #35

    How class would it be being hba and walking around Newcastle with everyone worshiping you? Breaking your leg and getting what was apparently thousands of get well soon cards and messages.

    Newcastle must be a nice environment for him. It would be a risk moving because he will not be hero worshipped anywhere else. He is just about back in the French fold. For wise he should be there, no doubt. Without him this season I honestly believe we would be in a little trouble now in the league. He has taken the pressure off.

    Hope our team don’t rely on him too much!!

  • Spellcheck

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Sign the mecurial Hatem Ben Arfa up on a long term contract,we love him,e loves us!!!!! Ruddy, MUSE,the best live band on this planet,hope their tourin nxt year!!!!! Howay the lads.

  • beefman13

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Super magpie, that is correct son, he is a god given talent playing in gods own city, how privilaged are we to watch the goals v everton v bolton v blackburn v villa! millions of fans around the world only dream of having a gift like this kid.

  • Krul to be Kind

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m actually excited at the prospect of the kids coming through and I am very content at where we are in our 5 year plan, in fact if we look at the body language of say Cabaye and the hunger/desire from Amilfitano i wouldn’t be adverse to us dropping Cabaye and giving a youngster a chance, look at Sterling at Liverfool, he has came in and shaken things up a bit, competition for places and shedding some of the complacency setting in with players ‘dropping their levels’, McClean last year at The Unwashed. Remember Michael Owen debut goal against Wimbledon, who’s to say Campbell isn’t to do the same against someone to fire Cisse back into action, it will be a turbulent season and I for one will be buckling up and enjoying the ride that NUFC take us on (I think you call that unconditional love)

  • Super Magpie

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #39


    I can only imagine him having the whole team so there is 11 of him on the pitch, I don’t know if that is good or bad? 😀

    I think he would a good captain but the total opposite of Colo.

  • bollance

    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Krul starting for Dutch


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