This Is Best Spell Of My Career At Newcastle – Ben Arfa


Gabby Obertan looked very impressive again for Newcastle on Thursday night against Club Brugge, and he scored a great goal, but he’ll have to do even better if he is to get that starting place from Newcastle’s current right-winger – Hatem Ben Arfa.

Hatem Ben Arfa in training at Benton

As Alan Pardew mentioned yesterday Gabby’s got Ben Arfa in front of him at Newcastle, and Ben Arfa’s probably been Newcastle’s best player so far this season.

And of course the French International is a darling of the Newcastle crowd who just love to watch this lad play the game like he does – with his immaculate skills and technique.

And when Ben Arfa arrived at Newcastle he had a name as the bad boy of french football but he’s been very well behaved on Tyneside, and managed quite brilliantly by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

The 13 times capped French International says this is the best time of his career, as he had this to say today in the local press:

“This is my best spell of my career so far – but I think I am going to do more.” “I know there is more in there because the manager has given me a lot of confidence, as has everybody at the club. With confidence you achieve more and more.”

“I think I will bring even more than I have.” “Playing my football is important but what is more important is winning games. It is more than just skill. In my mind I just love winning.”

Those are good words form the 25 year-old who has scored two goals so far this season, and we could do with a third tomorrow when we entertain West Brom at St. James’ Park.

Maybe a goal from Ben Arfa will help us celebrate the official return of the St. James’ Park name for our stadium with a good win.

That’s a great reason to go all out for a win tomorrow.

Howay the Lads!!

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118 comments so far

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Big up HBA PURE CLASS !

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  • Graeme

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    There is no doubt about it – HBA is a class act.

    I’m driving up tomorrow morning for the game; just hope the snow and ice stay up in jockland until Monday lol.

    Looking forward to watching us win 2 or even 3-1

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Benny is pure class i know obertan was saying he feels he’s earned dome starts in the league but the poor lad is miles off of challenging wor benny

    Good to see david moyes putting the boot in on suarez and liverpool saying hes a diver and everton are the favourites

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Where u driving from Graeme ? Do you have a season ticket ?

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Trouble is this lad needs seripus backup to do his thing. It may be kamikaze at times but when the risk to take on a few defenders pays off the results are magic. He needs cabs or another quick passer with him to relieve the pressure of being marked by multiple players and a nailed-on defender annd DM covering back to mop up when it doesn’t quite come off. He is due a classic blinder hope tomorrow is his day.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Obertan could get starts switched with HBA tactically to put some pace in to the last 3rd of a game.

    Anyway just surfaced to check in and see if everyone was alright after ketsy deployed the Ashton2000 device last night. Knackered when I got up this morning, what a shift I put in there!

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Cant see why we cant have Arfa and Obertan in the same team in a 433 they seem to have a good understanding and the 2 of them changing positions with pace could really hurt teams

    Also Fergy has too get a chance to stake a regular claim tomorrow cant see himm dropping Jonas to make way though

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Stnm – you are right it appears the obertan detractors fail to notice he is a pretty quick interchange passer and actually has nice anticipation and vision. Seems his not getting to the byline and crossing makes him ultimately hopeless!

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  • Dearka

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #9

    if Gabby Obertan is playing this well, AP should play HBA on the left wing and play Obertan on the right wing and start playing Gutierrez in the centre in midfield snice Gutierrez has made it clear that he wants to play in centre midfield role.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Santon
    The problem is fitting all these players into the team
    Fergie should be on the wing not lb hba should be rw/cam obertan for me still has fone nowhere near enough to justify starting league matches atm i see him as an impact sub he’s had an impresive spell in the europa but still seems to struggle with the league imo

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki
    Felt bad didnt relise the ashtonator tool over the blog for a whole night!

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  • Graeme

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Blaydon, driving up from Leyland, Lancashire, M6, A66 over to Brough, Scotch Corner and TOOON.

    My son has a season ticket, but I have 2 tickets in the Platinum Club for tomorrow. Drive up, Chinatown for lunch, watch us beat WBA and drive back again.

    A perfect day lol

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  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Would like to see Obertan on the right and Hba on the left as he played there often in France.
    Bigi and Anita/Perch in the middle and Cabaye in between Hatem and Oba with BA or Strolla up front

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  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Woul also like to see

    Obertan …Bigi….Cabaye …..Fergie
    …………………Ben Arfa …………
    ……………….BA/Shola/Cisse ……………

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  • Nufc-83

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Dearka i would say gutis best pos would be as a workhorse like cm type but can you show me anything to indicate guti has made it clear he wants to play there as you say. I highly doubt you could.

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Results went our way today, a win tomorrow would take us 9th but would put right back in contention for top 4

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Sounds like the reading fulham game is worth a watch on MOTD later

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #18

    “The level of the game in England and Europe now is so high that making yourself unpredictable is going to be a strength” SAF

    Luckily we’ve got enough players to make us unpredictable including Benny…now we just need to use them. AP thinks a lot of SAF so this is a good time to think out the box (what box?). This quote is about the diamond formation which did for us the other week. SAF loves wide players but even at 71 is capable of new thinking….

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  • Nufc-83

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Lol Marty you have narrowed your st selection down well there as:). I wouldn’t mind seeing a similar set up but with sammy for obertan and i will narrow the st down to ba as the in form st.

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  • Nufc-83

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #20

    That as is not meant to be there .

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Agree with Tsunki that Cabs and Benny play off each other great… especially on the counter…just needs both advanced and playing well.
    Also Dearka… Benny IS good playing left.. Benny, Oba, Sammi, Fergie. Be nice to see them all on form and taking somebody apart..

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  • Quasi.modo

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Just watched the Arsenal QPR game there and I must say that Arsenal have serious problems in the final third. Their strikers are toothless, and their midfield seem to be instructed not to try killer through balls to put the forwards behind the defence.

    QPR handled them from a defensive point of view for much of the game (albeit they were helped massively by Cesar) and from a Newcastle point of view I would say that we are as good as that Arsenal side, they can pass the ball a lot better than us but I would say we are a damn sight more potent than them in front of goal.

    So as long as we keep knocking on the door and keep plugging away, turn these draws into wins, we could potentially challenge these so called “bigger clubs”, lest we forget that we haven’t had a full side to choose from in a while and now we have practically a full deck to pick from so onwards and upwards.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Om other games, that Cesar goalie is tops. On our game, hope we win comfortably. Wasn’t last year’s game one of our best?

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  • Quasi.modo

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Cyprus

    The away game was one of our best, our home game was one of our worst. So let’s hope we can do the double over them this season, but I’ve a feeling that this WBA side will be one of the tougher ones that we have had to face.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Cyprus do uou mean QPR or WBA? Cos QPR away was shocking!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Scot Sinclair on the bench again then. Well, they say money talks 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Quasi
    Aye agree about arsenal they look very toothless upfront i thought podolski might struggle because at club level hes never been amazing but thought giroud might of had a bigger impact consider there manager was spouting a price of €50 mil when we were linked with him seem to remember saying he deserved to be at a “big” club instead of us looks like he could be another Chamakh!

    As for QPR personally i despise them, there everything thats wrong with football and basically sign a new starting 11 every window add to that my dislike of mark hughes and there become a horrible combo!!!

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  • cyprus

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon, yea WBA, from what quasi says it was our away game when we really played well. Much like the game you’ll see tomorrow 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #29

    BPC
    Cant believe he was stupid enough to sign you’d think he would of learnt from his chelsea days shame to see players like him and rodwell stuck on a bench and ppl wonder we england arent bringing any talent through!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Cyprus
    Aye west brom away was a fantastic performance some of the best attacking football we played all season

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Think that nastasic lad is honna be some player! Also glad to see routledge doing so well at swansea

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #32

    @ toonarmydownsouth

    You have to question the boys love for the game when he knows he won’t get anywhere near the playing time he did at Swansea but leaves anyway. If I was a professional footballer I would want to play every game I could in my career as it has a pretty short lifespan not to mention injury’s and suspensions. But he will be getting his mega paycheck at the end of the week so he wont care, the same goes for Rodwell. Such a waste

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #33

    BPC
    Completly agree cant understand why you would want to warm a bench, moreso if your good enough to get into most top flight teams starting 11, must admit was shocked that sinclair went there after dropping a league from chelsea to play at palace then wigan then swansea he’s put a real effort into building himself into the player he is

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  • cyprus

    Oct 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Yea, good on Routledge. Still, I do think that AP has greatly improved in front of the camera (apart from shoving a ref or two out of the way, but, hell, best seat and he was blocking his view.)

    http://www.nufcblog.org/2011/01/pardew-routledge-not-good-enough-for-newcastle/#.UIwQ6sXMg8k

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  • Quasi.modo

    Oct 27, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Swansea playing some excellent attacking football, players who can play through balls and attacking players who look like they can cause their back 4 some problems.

    I can’t say I have seen too much of them this season but they look a more attack minded side than BRs team last season. Can see why Routledge would enjoy playing in a side like this, and how it is getting the best from him.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Cyprus
    Agreed much more sensible in his interviews!
    Dint mind him “pushing” the odd fourth official!! Atleast he shows a bit of passion unlike that drip brendan rodgers bloke doesnt get off his arse in the 90 mins! Looks like a man who knows his fate

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #37

    santonthenewmaldini

    For whatever reason Pardew won’t do 433 any more despite the great success in getting us 6 wins on the spin and propelling us to 5th place. We were unbeaten for the first 11 of last season but there were a lot of draws and good fortune in that.

    Benny and Obi either side of Ba or / Cisse would be frightening with their pace, drop Jonas to left back,
    push Cabaye foward, put Fergie out left, take the straitjackets off and let them play.

    Never happen. It’ll be long ball 442 again. We’re falling too far behind in the league now.

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  • Quasi.modo

    Oct 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Rotonda

    We didn’t play 4-3-3 until the away game at WBA which was very late in the season. To claim that we achieved 5th as a result of 4-3-3 is a little bit misleading to be fair.

    I agree that 4-3-3 would be a much better way to get the best out of the players we have and play better football but facts are facts.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #39

    Quasi
    Swansea have been hit and miss this season but certainly are more attacking especially with the introduction of that michu lad

    Think what helps with teams like them is they dont have any star players no egos to manage just professionals
    Theres no real focal point to the team no main man and it keeps opponents guessing where the danger will come from

    Rodgers made allen there key player a bit like he’s trying to do at fool and the second half of the season they became very predictable as we showed when we played them and scored 2 of the best counter attacking goals of the season

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #40

    I think this 433 versus 442 debate has legs, lets talk about it some more 🙂

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