Some Of The Things He Did Against Norwich Were Unbelievable

Ben Arfa has been a really shining light for Newcastle so far this season, and the mercurial French International has been our Man of the Match in four of the five games, with a certain Mr. Demba Ba being the top man at Everton last week.

Ben Arfa – being assaulted by Jonas after scoring Newcastle goal

And Alan Pardew is well aware of the things that the Frenchman can do because he sees it in training every day, and he has said Ben Arfa has been the best player in training this season, and of course he produces the stuff in matches too.

This is what Alan told the local press today:

“Trust me, as an ex-footballer some of the things Hatem did were unbelievable.” “They will probably be forgotten because of the nature of the Norwich game.”

“However, you could pick three or four things there and put them in a World Cup. They were terrific.” “He is great when he has the ball and he is a joy to behold.”

“Hatem gives us some fantastic moments. He set up the goal against Norwich with the pass and almost grabbed us two other goals.”

It’s unlikely that Ben Arfa will start tonight, but after missing the trip to Madeira last Thursday because he was suspended (he’s now available after serving his three European match suspension), he could start on the bench and get a run out late in the game if we need some magic.

During the 1-1 draw last season in the league at Old Trafford, when we somehow hung on for those last 20 minutes, with Tim Krul making save after save, and when he was beaten Danny Simpson clearing off the line, Ben Arfa and Wayne Rooney got into a big argument, but the Frenchman says that was all settled between him and Wayne at half time.

This si what the Frenchman said after that game:

“Oh, it was a heat of the moment exchange.” “There is no problem between Rooney and myself.” “The problem was resolved during the half-time.”

We don’t know if Ben Arfa will be on the bench tonight, but if he is it would give Alan Pardew some options in the second half, depending on the state of the game at that time.

He’s been a wonderful buy for the club, and just think – Ben Arfa could even improve this season.

That’s mind-boggling.

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12 comments so far

  • NUFCWill1986

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Toon legend to be

  • tdt

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    After reading what Pardew has said in the papers this morning, I think this could be the line-up tonight:


    Subs: Harper, Good, Tavernier, Bigi, Sammy, Amalfitano, Campbell.

  • Eastander

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    He did do some pretty special things but possibly the thing I was most impressed with, he lost the ball just outside the Norwich box and absolutely pegged it after their player and forced them out of play pretty much in line with our own 18yard line… 2year ago, he would not have done that!

  • martoon

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    TDT – you’ve changed your team from the last blog! 🙂
    I’d be surpised if he starts with Ferguson – but I agree with the rest of your team.

  • tdt

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeah I originally forgot about Marv!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    If Benny is going to Old Trafford he’s starting!

    …he haven’t played as many games as others and he haven’t played in Europe this season; he’s fit, he’s ready and able so why not play him? 😀

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #7

    I loved the nutmeg he did. The player saw it coming a mile off and still couldn’t do anything to stop it 🙂

  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    On Santon. Not that I believe it to b true but it would have been a real mistake letting him go.

    He WILL improve and grow into a top class full back.

    He proved at Inter that he is so close already. He is just getting used to te game.

    Look at defenders, you dont often see world class defenders that young. Defenders do get better with experience. Look at some of the best in the league and look at how old they are?

    Defenders get better as they learn more about the game, they become smarter, they become better at anticipating moves.

    Santon is doing fine on his current development rate.

    This is why I would like to see us go back in for Debuchy in January. Which i really believe we will. We are keen that’s for sure.

    At 27 i think he is the ideal age. He can either play the end of his career here or be moved on when he hits 30. We may not get the price we paid back but you cant always expect to do that.

    Look at Colo at his age? Evra at 31. Cole at 31,

    He has pace now. Defenders are better if you look at the 25+ age group.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    This is what I would like to see:

    _____________ Harper ______________
    Anita ____ Colo __ Wilo ____ Santon
    Ober _____ Tiote ____ Bigi ____ Marv
    ______________ Benny _____________
    ______________ Cisse ______________

    And if heaven allows it, push both Ober and Marv a bit forward 😀

    I think what went wrong against Everton in the first half was that Cisse was all alone upfront and our widemen never got a hold of the game (and Perch should not be playing RB)

  • alanrichie

    Sep 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Think we should defo play him

    Reading away aint that much of a hard ask?

    Possibly the weakest team in the league.

  • toonincheek

    Sep 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Eastander @ 3 –

    Yes, I noticed that immediately and was as impressed as you were.

  • YorkshiresFinestGeordie

    Sep 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t know where some people get mav being a great player from, he’s awful


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