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Blimey – Ben Arfa Could Be Back For Southampton Game

10:00 am, Monday, February 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Alan Pardew has said it could be that Hatem Ben Arfa will be ready for our next league game, which is at home to Southampton a week come Sunday, and as Alan has said – “blimey that’s mouth watering for us.”

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Alan Pardew - smiling because Ben Arfa could be back

And with the new French arrivals Newcastle could field a very strong side against the Saints, and we need to, because we need to start picking up more wins in the league.

Having Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse in the same side is certainly mouth watering – and it could happen against Southampton.

This is what the Newcastle manager said in the Newcastle Journal today:

“You’d like to think with him on one side, Ben Arfa on the other side and Sissoko and Cissy – blimey, that’s mouthwatering for us.” “I think there’s a possibility Hatem will be back for the next home game.”

“Cabaye has been a bigger bonus that perhaps the boys I’ve brought in. He’s as good a footballer as I’ve worked with.” “You put Cheick Tiote and Sissoko in there and we have got a really, really good side if we can get it out on the pitch.”

“Unfortunately this year we haven’t even come close to getting it out there. This is actually the closest I’ve come to putting my strongest side out.” “It does excite me, it really does. I really looked forward to Saturday’s game and I’ve not done that all year.”

“Some of the teams I’ve had to select from, the squad’s been really shallow, but I put a good side out today and they gave a good account of themselves.”

Ben Arfa came back too early from his hamstring injury in early December against Fulham, and scored a great goal, but we lost the game 2-1, but playing in that game put the Frenchman way back with his hamstring injury, and he hasn’t played since – and it’s two months later and a lot of games later. That’s what comes of playing somebody when he’s not 100% fit.

And last week the mercurial Frenchman was sick,  so he couldn’t even train,  so we hope he can return to training this week – and be ready for the vital game against Southampton in 13 days time – a win is what we need in that game.

And we need Ben Arfa back in the side.

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    So that answer Pardews favoured midfield and attack then.

    —–Tiote—–Cabaye——
    Arfa—-Sissoko—-Gouffran
    ————Cisse————–

    No Shola or Jonas mentioned…funny that.

  • 2 rainrix // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I’d be happy if he was on the bench tbh, wouldn’t want him being rushed back again considering as we don’t need him back as urgently as we did against fulham

  • 3 WWYCD // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Ibiza
    He only said that so he can sub Jonas and Shola on after 30 seconds and we lose! Mwhahaha

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    ibiza

    It annoys me when people say things like pardew will pick joans when everyone else is available…..nobody knows for sure what he will do so why can’t people leave it til he makes a mistake before slating the guy before he even does something.

    Some people are so quick to judge they don’t think about the alternatives.

    Perch, sissoko and cabaye was a good midfield in all 3 games. Tiote had only just been back a few days before spurs and anita isn’t better than sissoko or cabaye and isn’t as solid defensively as perch so i get he is the understudy to cabaye and sissoko and perch is tiote’s understudy.

    Who else could play but jonas? obertan (rarely does anything in a game) or fergie/sammy (struggle to get into games when they play), marv (not had a single good game in a wide position for us)

  • 5 TorqToon // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    27TorqToon // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Went to the Nancy vs Reims game on Saturday,

    Tell you what…they are DEVASTATED to have lost Massadio Haidara !

    He has been a real star for them this season and without him they will really struggle!

    Watch out for him lads – he’s one of our very best young players! Hopefully we will see him on Thursday night!

  • 6 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Jonas better than messi,

    Aye broken toe, no return date pencilled in for Simpson. Probs has a broken jaw from his night out in manchester lately.

    Although he was fit enough to go in for a tattoo with Tulisa over Gosforth over the weekend.

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    toon prodigy

    I couldn’t care less about simpson now. I always thought he was professional even if limited but why’s he on a booze up in manchester when recovering from a broken toe….a nightclub surely isn’t the place for a dodgy foot.

  • 8 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    19 Ibizatoon

    been very busy with work, then out of work looking at houses, packing things like that,, not much internet time :(
    missed the spurs game, had to watch it later that night,,

    and for what its worth, i think he got it wrong, spurs depend on bale, he is spurs , he did nothing to try and stop him play, infact he made it more easy for him

  • 9 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Krul
    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Santon
    Tiote Cabaye
    Ben 10 Sissoko Goofy
    Cisse

    Elliot, Saylor, Perchinho, Anita, Jonas, Marv, Shola.
    Looks decent.

  • 10 stingray // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Still can’t understand why Santon is being played as left back. He looks one of our best threats going forward, but he has to come inside on to his right foot every time. So easy to defend. His lack of ability with left foot is hurting us, but it’s masked by his driving forward.
    How is Haidara’s left foot?

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I think his focus is on Tulisa to be honest, never been the same since this news broke. Albeit very ordinary to start with.

    Did you read how he had done an odemwingie and drove down to wigan to join but got a call half way there?

    That would of been entertaining had he of did the same.

  • 12 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    I agree with that mind Catchy,

    He should of been looked after.

  • 13 nufc_eire // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    I kind of feel sorry for Anita. He’s been one of our stand out performers before the transfer window and has been pretty harshly treated. I think due to Sissoko and Cabaye’s ability in defense we don’t really need a Tiote in the games in which we should dominate

    Home games against the bottom half we should really have

    ————————–Krul—————————————
    –Debuchy—–Colo——–Mbiwa———Santon———
    ————–Anita—————-Sissoko———————–
    ————————Cabaye————————————-
    –Ben Arfa————————————Gouffran———
    ————————–Cisse————————————-

  • 14 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Yo….And people say he doesn’t know enough about tactics and subs – the man’s a genius!

    TS…It is maddening. It’s the absolutes in which they speak. “We will be relegated with Pardew” etc. So much for balanced opinions.

    Catchy…He may well have got it slightly wrong, but at worst it was only that…slightly. We lost by 1 goal and many many clubs have fallen short on dealing with Bale. Not saying that we should just accept Bale will beat any team, but it’s hardly like we were thrashed.

    What did you think about the Chelsea game?

  • 15 Assam Toon // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    this team can now attract a very good striker…someone with proven pedigree. are all these strikers in it for money or there are a few who would be tempted by the prospect of getting midfield services from hba, cabaye, tiote, sissoko and gouffran? wolf, de jong are all fine, but newcastle can attract someone really good in the summer.

  • 16 WWYCD // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Just a thought but maybe, just maybe, its not that easy to stop Bale? Hard as it is to accept player in other teams might actually be pretty good

  • 17 likeajediknight // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    great news ed. my best to you

  • 18 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    WWYCD,

    He is a cracking player but because he wasn’t looked after I don’t know what the outcome might of been. My beef with this situation was we didn’t do are upmost to limit the lad. I wanted Tiote to man mark him personally, even if it was just for this game.

    As it stood, he took the p**s and won them the game. Far too much freedom on the ball.

    Nevermind though, there was positives too.

  • 19 dlk001 // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Next 4 games are favorable to us….worst case scenario
    Newcastle…34
    Villa…………..28
    Reading…….27
    Southham….31
    Wigan……….25

  • 20 texasgaijin // Feb 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Agree with @Toon-Prodigy on man-marking Bale. Perch could have man-marked him in the first half and early second, and Tiote could have subbed in for the same tactical purpose in the second half. With two slow central defenders who can be beaten for pace, putting another body between Bale and goal could have helped. If it weren’t for great saves from Krul, he would have had a hat trick. Lennon’s pace was the only other major threat. Not aiming to criticize Pardew (beating Tottenham away always was a tall order), but curious if it would have made a difference.

  • 21 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 11, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    If i was gonna vote on which team i would, i think pick the one posted at 13 by NUFC-EIRE !

    My slight change would be Saylor for Collo ! with Cabaye taking the Captain,s band instead of Collo !

    You are all correct! If we had man-marked Bale for the whole game against Spurs he might of had less of a chance with the second goal? But we are not the first and shall not be the last to get screwed by him this year. We gave him too much freedom to move around, should of parked someone in his back pocket to limit his movement !
    But, yeh, its too freaking late now is,nt it? I prefer to make comparisons to last year when they hammered at their place 5- 0 ! Just goes to show how far we,ve come?

  • 22 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    @15:

    Carr will be busy scouting at this very moment for a striker !

    I think it may be time to go Dutch ! Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Lissabon or Jason Cabal fro Feyenoord !

    It may well be time for us to start looking at other European countries for our players !

    In Carr we trust? If the club is being smart they will already have names pencilled in for the Summer !




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