Transformed Ben Arfa Now A Target Of Arsene Wenger

There are reports coming out of Italy that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger see Newcastle’s Ben Arfa as the perfect replacement should Theo Walcott leave the London club next summer, as expected, when his contract runs out.

Ben Arfa in action against West Brom yesterday

The report is in, and Walcott has failed to agree a new contract with the Gunners, which has obviously some reports on who might replace him at Arsenal.

And since Hatem Ben Arfa is French, and he is also playing very well for Newcastle,  it was always a good bet that somebody would link  Ben Arfa with a big club like Arsenal.

Hatem Ben Arfa has become a transformed player at Newcastle, and not only does he possess amazing skill and has scored some wonderful goals for Newcastle in the two years he’s been on Tyneside,  but he is also willing to work his socks off for the Tyneside team.

And it was the Frenchman’s run in the third minute of added time yesterday,  that set up the winning goal that Papiss Cisse scored, when the ball cannoned of his back into the goal, following a Sammy Ameobi shot on goal.

So it’s not too surprising to us that Ben Arfa will be linked with other clubs, but there is a real bond Ben Arfa has formed with the fanatical fans on Tyneside, and he will think twice about moving, even if the story is true.

The 25 year-old Frenchman has recently said this is the best time of his career, and he should note that not many players who leave Newcastle do well elsewhere, and that’s been true recently of Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique and Danny Guthrie to name just three.

We don’t think Ben Arfa will be leaving Newcastle United anytime soon.

What do you think?

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13 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 29, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #1

    He may have been, but he just played in a friendly against sunderland today, which we btw lost a grueling 4-0 to.

  • SupaToonKid

    Oct 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Won’t happen Wenger will get a go for a you g starlet like Zaha to replace Walcott

  • Dannyo

    Oct 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Wenger doesnt have the money for HBA.

  • archaeomag

    Oct 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    I remember when Obafemi Martins could not be mentioned without being told how much Wenger fancied him . . . .

    Boring boring boring

  • beefman13

    Oct 29, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Benny is the main creator for us this season, if he had not played yesterday then we would have been in real bother.

    Not a thing from that midfield three yesterday, yohan included, im sorry but this defensive minded grafting players are not going to see us control games, and we havnt controlled a single game this seaon in the premiership.

    AP bangs on about giving youth a chance, well come on then start them in the prem, you always start with jonas simpson and perch was started in the absence of tiote in stead of anita.

    No way can we control any game with perch and jonas involved in a midfield three, he always plays the more senior player in the prem if fit and honestly the younger lads are different class.

    Adam campbell is better than shola right now and even though i dont want to knock cisse i would rather pay to watch campbell at this moment without doubt, shola gets game after game he has scored one goal he isnt that good that he should start anyway for me same as jonas and it is becoming a bigger mystery to me how he gets in every game in the prem beacuse more than hard work is needed in the premiership.

    Ive seen that performance to many times this season, then AP blaming europe when two thirds of them did not play in that europa league game.

  • fray bentos

    Oct 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #7


    Nobody expects anybody posters to not criticize Pardew if you want but you have to show some sort of balanced thinking here

    Maybe we aren’t playing good football at the moment, but there are lots more variables to winning games then jsut the manager and the formation he puts out. Who’s to say we wouldn’t still be playing badly if we played 4-3-3. After all we won/lost and played well/badly with both formations last year. He needs to be shown some patience here as you can’t expect any manager to just transform a team overnight into a flowing football sensation. Maybe he never will but atleast give him some time to do so rather than judging after 10 games into a season after one where he got us 5th.

    Why can’t posters juzt have some patience

    And also he obviously is able to do something special regarding players motivation, its not easy to win when you playing badly and it can’t be jsut luck to keep doing it again and again.

    Also look at the players who have left us, have they not all played worse since they left us? what does that say about our manager?

  • beefman13

    Oct 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #8

    bentos, i would be happy to go 442 at home if you play players who can cross the ball ie fergie it could be very productive indeed.

    I am a real optomist were the football club is headed, but tactically i just cant get my head around playing negative formations at home you have to go for the thoat at SJP,

    fergie in front of santon would be brill at the toon benny on the other side cutting in linking with a more forward playing cabaye, anita just behind cabaye.

    I genuinly think AP has done a fabulous job but he is getting stale in the prem tactically and it needs freshning up it really does beacuse it is average stuff.

  • sticklebricks

    Oct 29, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Hatem gave the ball away for me far too much yesterday. Sure he setup Sammi but the ball only dropped to him after Hatem had been tackled it could have just as easily ended up at the foot of a baggies player.

    Sure he has been great for us this season still think he needs to improve though. Unlike Obertan he does have the ability to put a good ball/cross in he just needs to learn when to pass and when to hold onto the ball.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Without the skill of Ben Arfa our current play would be sterile. We need the likes of Sammy and Ferguson in to energise and give some craft to the team. We have too many ‘willing workers’ at present and I’m afraid that isn’t going to win us games.
    Cabaye and Jonas are offering us very little in midfield at the moment and, having done nothing to prove they are worthy of inclusion, Anita, Amalfitano, Marveaux and Abeid seem to be out of favour.
    Perhaps we’re not as strong as we thought in that department?

  • ballerfan2

    Oct 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #11

    I would say that there are lots of “fans” who have very short memories judging from their comments about our performances this season compared with last. As I remember, we rarely played particularly well last year until later in the season when we started playing with more confidence as a direct result of our high league position and higher national profile. Even the home game against WBA was very poor. I am much happier today having played poorly and won than last year. A non Toon friend said to me this morning -“last year you had nothing to lose” and maybe that’s the problem – we are playing with a degree of fear. This shows itself in playing poorly against teams we feel we should be beating. I can almost guarantee we will play much better next weekend against ‘pool because of their reputation. Whether it will be good enough to win of course is another matter as they are our biggest ‘bogey” away. Anyway, the worst thing we can do as supporters is to chip away at the players confidence with ill judged remarks and criticism. Cisse is said to be a “confidence” player. I believe they will ALL play to their capabilities with the confidence of knowing they have the full support of their fans. And as the season progresses the quality we have will take us up the table.

  • Scottiedog

    Oct 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #12

    No Chance he will be leaving!!! Stupid lazy story just made up to wind us up. Bored of it

  • numba9

    Oct 29, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Rubbish story made up nonsense. They couldn’t afford him with a packet of sweets and a cheeky smile arsene Wenger is a Pedrofile


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