Ben Arfa Will Stay – Only If Magpies Show More Ambition

We had put a report out a few days ago, after learning that QPR had gazumped us for out top striker target Loic Remy that Mike Ashley needed to show more ambition for the Tyneside club, even if that meant we had to be spending more money on bringing in top players to Newcastle.

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Ben Arfa – may leave in the summer?

And there’s been a lot of talk about Ben Arfa recently, and that he would like to join his boyhood club PSG, and today he has said he will sit down with the powers that be at Newcastle in the summer, and decide whether to move on or stay put – if he gets an offer from the Paris club.

This is what Ben Arfa said to ESPN:

“Today, I’m at Newcastle, and we’re not in a good position. I’m going to do my utmost to keep us up. Afterwards, you never know,”

“If I get an offer from PSG, of course I’d look carefully at it, but that’s not the case. I’m going to talk with the Newcastle Board at the end of the season. If there’s good ambition, why not stay? If not, I’d prefer to leave.”

We’ve said a number of times if Newcastle struggle through the end of this season and stay up, we could find it hard to keep some of our top players, and that’s exactly what Alan Pardew said last season. And of course if we don’t stay up we’ll have to jettison quite a few of our best players – because we cannot afford the wages.

The players who have come to the club are expecting a resurgence of Newcastle, and certainly our struggles this season, mainly because of injuries, is not exactly what we had hoped for.

That’s why we think this month is important – and that we should be bringing in top players, and that’s not only to strengthen the squad for the run-in to the league, but to show our top players we are serious about becoming a top club again.

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33 comments so far

  • Sawbuck

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    When MA said he bought the club to have fun I think he meant as a tading toy. I think he likes scanning for value and playing hardball. I think he gets as much pleasure from waking away from a over priced player as buying one.

    Ergo he will cash in Ben Arfa.

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Just one reason why people were so displeased with last summer.

    Why on Earth would great players at Newcastle want to man a sinking ship when they are being thrown a lifeline by big clubs. I wouldn’t blame Hatem one bit if he decided to leave next season. He’s in his prime in a very fleeting profession, after all.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    don’t forget this part of the quote…makes the article much better from our point of view.

    “For now what Newcastle are doing is ambitious (in the transfer market). They should have done it earlier and we’ve spoken about that.”

  • dubzy

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    this is what harry ad to say; about Remy yesterday

    Newcastle United wanted him and [their chief scout] Graham Carr doesn’t make too many mistakes. Graham’s got good judgement… does tha mean Garham carr is scouting 4 QPR aswel

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    If Ben Arfa leaves, it would be for huge money.

    I very much doubt PSG would even be interested in him to be perfectly honest. They have a choice of virtually anyone in world football. Why pick someone who hasn’t yet had a good full season anywhere since the first year or two of his career.

    We would all like the owner to show some ambition. Hopefully it will start over the next 2 weeks, with a string of talented premiership ready acquisitions.

  • veto

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    mike ashley bashing needs to stop,
    who has he sold out from underneath us ? carrol at 35 million .. ill take that all day long .
    and ba’s buyout came back and caught us all out, nobody thought he would get to the form he was playing in .
    ive seen no lack of ambition , just a level headed plan to build slow and steady .
    had we been mid table now , the gamble to not go nuts in the summer would have paid off , as it stands we are in trouble and by all accounts there is 10-20 mill to play with this jan window for recruits .

    our squad is in WAY better shape than i thought it would be after that relegation season ,we have totally rebuilt with international quality .

    slow and steady wins our race , while everyone else panics and raises their wage level’s to similar high’s that crippled us first time round .

  • Les Grossman

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    I would be saying exactly the same in his position.
    Dont think anybody can be quite sure what Mike Ashleys intentions are? Not sure if he knows.

    Personal opinion is, he has the right policies in place, but maybe the wrong staff to manage them!.

    Think his aim now will be survival. If he thinks we can do this with the squad he has at his disposal, he wont dig into his pockets for sure…..

    The man is a gambler folks. Must not be forgotten.

    With HBA, Tiotie back in feb, i think he may take the gamble again!!

    Makes Pardew look like a tw@ again, but MA wont care about that.

  • TorqToon

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Dubzy – I think what it means is Harry redknapp, as well as O Neil and Rogers look to see who GC is scouting then wade in with their own offer e amuse we seem to drag our feet all the time.


    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    tnxxx god the blog is bak…could post b4 as there was no.option to post comment nor sign in

  • the1willy

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    If we begin to believe everything that’s being written about us it gets more and more depressing. No transfers and a club about to implode.
    If this vibe starts filtering through to the dressing room we really are in trouble. let’s start generating some positve energy for the good of everyone.

  • dubzy

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11


    i agree m8

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12


    there’s no damn point to big money sales if he doesn’t re-invest money in the club.

    Obviously we have made additions, but for the last 2 years it seems like the coaching staff and scouts are being forced to work on a tight budget.

    This is one of the most competitive and fast paced industries in the world. Ever heard the phrase “Stand still and you move backwards” ? Well it’s true because look at our position in comparison to the clubs around us and in the mid table last year.

    I’m with Kevin Keegan on this one.

  • Les Grossman

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Your asking the impossible when there is currenlty nothing to be positive about!

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14


    I think the problem came in that we have needed a CB now for over 2 years and we still haven’t managed to get one in.

    We needed 2-3 more players in the summer which didn’t arrive.

    He may not have sold our big stars but we lost useful squad players like guthrie, best, loven….all players I was happy to see go providing we replaced with better..we didn’t and therefore lack any experience in depth.

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Repost Transfer no need for the apology you are one of the posters to have a more grounded attitude like my self have never really posted anything negative but our ineptness is a real concern whoever two wins will cheer me up no end and put a bit of daylight between us and the bottom clubs … On the flip side If do not get a win in the next two games which are 2 six pointers I really do fear the worst ! We need to go all out attack against Reading and Villa would rather us take the fight to them as they are arguably in a worse position … That’s what I hope happens anyway !

  • SuperShearer

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Worrying that the day before Milan are linked with our left-back and Keeper we’re linked with A LEFT-BACK & KEEPER.

  • Luke-A-Like

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Well we better show some f*****g ambition and tell Benny that we are wanting to push for Champions League position…we cant lose Ben Arfa due to a lack of ambition,he is world class and if we start letting players like him leave then we deserve to be fighting for relegation

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #18


    sorry ed is going to fast. from a couple of threads back, i could see laudrup going to a big club in Spain.
    – – – –
    West ham pulled the plug on pardew just in time when it was obvious he had lost the dressing room.

    Amazing how we can lose our top scorer and captain within days of each other with talk of Benny, Santon, and krul now all possibly going too.

    A lot of factors contributed to last season’s success, ie Benny’s and Cisse’s moments of individual brilliance, being forced in to playing a 433 and a heap of good fortune.

    But right now we are in freefall and as much as we need someone to most crucially replace Willo, I think our only hope is if the players ignore Pardew’s negative hoofball tactic and let their natural instincts and flair take over.

  • AwToonnufc

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #19

    If ben Arfa leaves in the summer ill be livid, but you cant blame the lad and he’ll leave with masses of respect from the newcastle fans, even if we go down. He’s the only player that has been linked with a move and came out and said I will try to save newcastle before i do anything.
    Colo on the other hand fair enough he might have personal issues, but leaving us in january when we are in the shit will make everyone forgot about all of the good work he put in for us and remember him for ditching us when we needed him. Everyone would be a lot more understanding if he left at the end of the season, even if we did go down at least he tried to help.

  • TorqToon

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #20

    Good news!!!!!!!!!!

    Cwarr07 says it will be a quiet day with regards Newcastle Utd.

    By the rules of twitter we are to believe the EXACT opposite of everything that clown writes – so could be a busy day! 🙂

  • Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #21

    @ss 2+2 journalism mate

  • fcnewcastle

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #22

    I think his comment is fair. If the club has no ambition then you can’t blame them from leaving.

    If Pardew doesn’t regain the momentum from last season his managerial career is over.

    Anyone can field 11 good players and claim to be a great manager. It’s the other stuff that makes a great manger. How do you handle injuries, who’s behind them, how are they prepared, how you handle the transfer market.

    It’s starting to look like he’s inherited a good set up and Mr Carr’s eye for talent.

    So Mr Pardew what are you bringing to the table?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Just waiting for the ones who know best to start calling Shearer a mercenary for demanding top wages and if that optomism valley is still awash with lush vegetation and arable crops.

  • Sawbuck

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #24

    I see him going to man U odds of over 50/1 available.

  • Sawbuck

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #25

    I mean Laudrup not HBA

  • naptoon

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #26

    what annoys me about our transfer bussiness is how we seem to be the only club willing to sell prior to having a replacement lined up. ba carroll milner given all big players let go or knowing they where going with out getting replacement in place… you could add enrique to that cos i think we were lucky to get santon over the line … last few secs of window. surely it would make sense to get someone in prior to that nd it fits in with what sage was saying on a post earlier where you have a set system with easily interchangeable players

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Norcal…I have seen Newcastle the past 20 years (almost) spend what would mean we are moving forward just to see us move backwards…

    …these sayings needs to be taken with a grain of salt; the same goes for the saying ‘you need to spend money to make money’. It’s all well and good but it’s not about the amount you spend but the way you spend it.

    An investment can soon end up just being consumption and then there won’t be any profit in the long run.

    We have to make clever signings that works within our means. We didn’t capitalize on last season which I think was a mistake (others might think differently and in the end it’s not our call) – it was an opportunity to invest.

    I am afraid that this January will see you consume instead which was what MA didn’t want to do in the first place.

    Our main problem the way I see it is that we move too slowly and nervously in the transfer marked; and we are clearly not doing our job between the transfer windows (besides Carr). I don’t mind our wage cap or that fact that we don’t fall for the inclination that we won’t pay the going rate – what is the going rate anyway? Is Remy’s going rate £83k a week just because QPR are willingly to pay that?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #28


    I think that boat has sailed. Dressing room looks flat, demoralised and disinterested. I think we have now equalled or gone past our worst run in NUFC history, matching pardews record for the worst ever losing run in West ham’s history.

    yet pardew is mr teflon purely because ashley knows nothing about football and thought pardew would be the next england manager lol!!!

    I remember when KK came in first time round. everyone was suddenly miraculously off the treatment table, off the transfer list etc. Pardew is an arrogant stubborn man with a deplorable style and more than new players (2 x CH apart) we need a figurehead who is going to lift everyone

  • magicbus

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #29

    I guess he could go then because from what i have seen Mike Ashley has no ambition what so ever to take us forward to the next level. I honestly believe he`s happy to be a mid table team as long as the money keeps coming in from Sky.
    I can see Krul being sold to Italy and we go for the Birmingham keeper so giving Ashley not the club more profit.
    We are a small club as Sir Alex said not in terms of support or history but in attracting quality players and paying them what the bigger top 6 ( city utd arsenal chelsea tottenham liverpool ) pay there players.

  • Oleg G

    Jan 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #30

    Very honest by Hba
    if the club doesn’t have ambitions, what’s th3 point ib staying?
    In the end it’s his career, his future. He can play in a CL big team fighting for his place and fo silver and history in world football.

    At least he gives the club a chance. It’s all in the owner’s hands. M.A listen, open those plugged ears.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #31

    HBA if i was you i would leave mate ever since the start of the season we showed no ambition at all, you better leave sooner rather than later because your talents is just gonna be wasted


    Jan 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Well mr Ben Arfa it was really good seeing such a class player good luck at your next team because this club has no ambition at all

    By the way he wont be the last one out because Cabaye,Krull,Santon and Cisse wont be far behind him

    I think Pardue has lost the dressing room and we are in meltdown

    The happiness in following Newcastle United

  • Sav

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #33

    This is the point. Ashley may be content to run the club year by year, not costing anything, buying a couple of youngsters and hoping to sell on a better player once in a while. Stay lean on squad and wages. Stay in the Premier League. That’s his stated business model.
    But even if the fans will loyally put up with it, seeing a few decent matches, suffering a few disasters, not trying too hard in the cups or Europa because we don’t have the resources, another season gone,
    The point is, do we want to be watching young players who will put up with that – content to bide their time, not creating waves for the owners? No we bloody-well don’t.


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