Alex Ferguson – Ben Arfa Is An Excellent Player

Alex Ferguson has been talking about some of Newcastle’s top players who will play in the game this afternoon at St. James’ Park – which will be packed full – and he thinks Ben Arfa is an excellent player,  and he thinks Papiss Cisse has scored some fantastic goals since he joined Newcastle from SC Freiburg in January – he’s right about both those points.

Alex Ferguson Ben Arfa is an excellent player

Alex Ferguson has said he is quite happy with the performances of  Dutch star Robin van Persie at the moment, and of course Alex is a tough taskmaster and has sky high standards, which is one reason he’s been so phenomenally successful in his management career, both at Aberdeen and at Manchester United, whom he joined in November of 1986.

Robin van Persie has 7 goals in all competitions in 7 games so far for Manchester United, and this is what his manager had to say about him:

“He is a good passer of the ball and has good vision in his passing, too.” “The goal he made last week for Shinji Kagawa against Tottenham is evidence of his passing ability. I am quite happy with what he is doing now.”

“The refreshing thing for me is, he has actually not had any preseason games, which is quite remarkable, having seven goals from seven games. I am quite pleased about that and his fitness will improve even more.”

“We are aware of their strengths and Ben Arfa is an excellent player”

Ferguson acknowledged that Newcastle have some good strikers in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse  these days, and the two of them will be a significant threat to the dodgy looking Manchester United defense, that often shows up for game this season:

“Both have good scoring records.” “They rested Ba on Thursday their 3-0 Europa League win over Bordeaux and played Shola Ameobi.” “I don’t know what the combination will be.”

“There is talk about including Ameobi in the team for Sunday. But, either or – Ba and Ameobi are strong, aggressive players and Cisse has scored some fantastic goals for them.”

“We are aware of their strengths and Hatem Ben Arfa from midfield is an excellent player.”

Pardew will again be without first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul, who should start training again next week, and 19 year-old  Jak Alnwick will be on the bench today, with Rob Elliot out injured, but Alan Pardew in his press conference on Friday said Rob will be out only a couple of weeks.

Let’s hope Steve Harper doesn’t get injured this afternoon, but if he does then  52,000 fans will be wishing and hoping that young Jak plays  really well, so he would have that going for him, if he has to come on this afternoon.

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24 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Being pelted with sh*te is too good for Ashley.

  • bills-son

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Wonga have said they have no interest in NUFC but 2364% interest in any loan you want.


    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Just really admire the dry sarcasm and wit Jail for Ash!

    Congratulations to Sir Alex for stating the Bloody Obvious! We knew all along we had a diamond in the team when we signed Hatem in the first place!


  • check the toastie

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    i have seen better JFA. Bit weak that one.

    Hope Jonas is ‘Rested’ today, he wont be so would play him in a holding 2..

    My team for today

    Anita Willo Perchinho Santon
    Tiote Jonas
    Ben Arfa Cabaye Cisse/Fergy

    Would be superb if we could sneak a win, not overlee confident mind.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Thankyou,I try my best to respond to all of my fans.

  • bills-son

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    More news emerging on the sponsorship. … Ashley asked interested parties to submit offers. .. Wonga had more interest by a mile than anyone else.

  • bills-son

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    News on easy payment terms for next years season tickets under Wonga. .. Either a one off payment of £500 or 12 monthly payments of £499.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Definitely not one to remember and maybe the whole story is made up,nothing has been confirmed and I don’t think that Mashley eould inflict the wonga arena on us.

  • OTP

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Has anyone been keeping up with Luuk de Jong? Hasn’t been doing great for Monchengladbach atm, 1 goal in 5 league games and has looked pretty average so far.


    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10


    I hope that’s a joke,
    I really can’t bare the thought of wonga arena

  • toonarmyuk

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    This Telegraph thing doesnt seem right at all. If Wonga are in ‘advanced talks’, there’s no way Llambias would have officially shortened the Virgin deal. He would only have done that if a deal was signed and sealed with someone else?

    Thats not to say there isnt smoke without fire, but if the Telegraph are iffing and butting, then i doubt the majority of what they are spouting.

    Also, we had a pretty good deal with virgin- theres no way were going to take £8m a year for a shirt AND stadium deal.

    And in all fairness, its neither here nor there whether its Sports Direct or Wonga (or anyone else). We all know its St James Park, but if the ownership want to try and help strengthen the club with multi-million pound deals to mugs who get nothing other than a few ad boards in and around the stadium, then why not. Its not like we have the option of changing it ‘officially’ back to SJP now. Why not try and get the best bloody deal out it while we can.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    I never usually say or think this, but I really feel like we’ve lost before we’ve begun today.

    We’re going in to a match against Rooney & RVP with Perch and Williamson at CB…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Is Collos’ absence confirmed now.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Who gives a toss if wonga are the sponser aslong as the money gets a couple of players every season then its good for us

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Do you happpen to work with any mackems or smoggies.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    If we can get Dennis Twice into the dressing room before the match to deliver his inimitable stirring pep talk we’re in with a chance and just quietly, a little heads up, Man U are not weak at the back.

  • breno95

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17


    Simpson. Williamson. Perch? Santon


    Ben Arfa. Anita. Cabaye. Jonas


    Ben Arfa.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Jfa i work for myself, we dont get any money for the stadium name now. You know how ashley likes to shite on us on the international break so im prepared.

  • jon.c

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    This is paper talk. Why some ignorant supporters have to slag Ashley with foul mouth blogs it makes me ashamed to be a Geordie remember he pulled us out of the mire left by others

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    I know ben arfas good but he cant play in 2 positions

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    Breno – with 12 men and 2 Ben Arfa’s on the pitch there’s no way we can’t win! 🙂

  • magpie6699

    Oct 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #22

    TDS – I know what you mean – but they’re without Vidic and that makes a big hole in their defence. I’m going for 3-3 – Cmon the Toon!
    (Probably be 0-0 after that!)
    PS I hope Scholes doesn’t try to cripple Benny.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    @19 Well seeing as he’s already re-branded the grand old park once in his own low rent image, we might be forgiven for betraying some concern.

  • breno95

    Oct 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #24

    Typing error re Ben Arfa. Hopefully he will be bang on the button today. Gone with tiote and Anita to allow Cabaye more freedom to play.
    Tough one for LM but went with Jonas due to experience and graft ahead of ferguson.


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