Ben Arfa Now Doubtful For Stoke Game

Ben Arfa is now doubtful for Sunday’s important game against Stoke City, because after coming through over an hour of the game against Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow, he has a dead leg.

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Ben Arfa in action on Thursday night in Moscow

It turns out that during the game on a frozen artificial pitch, Ben Arfa was kicked just above his left knee, and that has now left him as a doubt for the game on Sunday against Stoke City, which is an important league game for Newcastle..

Alan Pardew will now have to wait until the Saturday training session, to see just how bad the French International is, although only Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini are the other players out injured.

We are hoping that Papiss Cisse is fit again and recovered from his virus infection that forced him to miss the game in Russia, and since Ben Arfa was essentially used as a striker on Thursday night, Alan Pardew will have plenty of good players to choose from.

And maybe Newcastle’s lineup for Sunday’s game could be the following – if Ben Arfa is not available.

Debuchy Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Gouffran Tiote Cabaye (c) Gutierrez

That’s a strong side and shows seven changes from the starting eleven on Thursday night.

Newcastle must try to win the game against Stoke, because we need all 3 points to get ourselves up that league table.

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21 comments so far

  • Harley

    Mar 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #1

    I love Ben Arfa but this isn’t a disaster. We’ve been playing great without him and when he comes back it will be a bonus.

    We have more than enough to beat stoke and hopefully he’ll be back in the team for Wigan.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #2

    No doubt the neggar’s who were screaming for Arfa to be brought back will be moaning in the morning about how he got injured!!! Pardew can’t win!!

    Probably best he did not play against Stoke anyway as Shawcross and Walters would probably attempt to snap him in half anyway

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Can remember when we were soley reliant on Hatem for creativity at the start of the season, when we were shocking. How times have changed but still cant wait for him to be in full flow again linking up with the new players it will be awesome and devastating to opposistion defenders. Sissoko is already a great in my eyes, best midfielder i have seen in a black & white shirt with Rob Lee, pushing him close imo.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #4

    If that is the team hope Stoke dont try and expose our left side. Santon has bags of potential and great sell on value but he has weakened our defence imo and is too predictable cutting in, would be ok if he could then lay it off to Left Mid for a cross in the space he has made but Jonas is infuriating at times with his crossing, both have to check back onto their right foot, the delay gives defenders the chance to set themselves, especially when we have good finishers waiting in the box.

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #5

    we’ve only been ‘playing well’ in 5 min spells and generally there has been about 3 or 4 per game.
    we need to play well for a whole game and at home, if this is what we are now classing as playing well I had might as well not bother going to st james any more.
    progress will not be made until we start demanding more consistent, thorough performances throughout the team.
    do not accept what has been put in front of us as good just because its slightly better than before we signed 5 players.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Agree to a certain extent killer but it will take another 5 new players before we completely dominate teams. Pardrew will never play like that, he is a great man manager, but even last season we were just holding onto leads. Would love it if he got us a trophy, you can see his passion for the club, but his tactics are more realist than fantasy football.

  • Toon Boy

    Mar 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Instead of Jonas, I would use Marveaux.
    He is one of the most underrated players in our team, and should have a starting position ahead of Jonas. He offers so much more attacking wise. He is lightning fast, great footwork, great free kick and a great shot. If I were him I would be so annoyed that he never starts, and when he is subbed on, he gets 5 minutes. Jonas does not offer that much, to be honest. He is slow, his crosses lack and he just doesn’t play that well. Saying that, I admire him as he always puts in 110%.
    My line up without HBA would be

    Debuchy– Taylor–Mbiwa–Santon

    I would also try switching Sissoko and Marveuax around, as that could be quite good as well.

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Comment #8

    this is the problem, i am now thinking though that we appear to be buying players that the club (by club i mean mr carr) wants, therefore whichever coach comes in will keep going with the same staff and players that pardew has at his disposal right now.
    see barca for our copying techniques. mike got burned with sam allardices back room staff and it cost a fortune to get rid of them and replace, we as a club have done this far too often.
    i think the manager position at nufc is now as interchangeable as the players. the whole 8 year contract thing is a farce, thankfully.

  • jwhittaker_

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Although i think sissoko is great for the team and has been an awesome aquisition. Is it just me or is he playing too much? he is going to burn out!

  • hatemorloveit

    Mar 9, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #10

    For fcuk sake stop using the term neggar. I find that so offensive

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Mar 9, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Nothing worse than “neggar” lovers.

    Most of us agreed not to use it.
    Apart from its root its an easy cheap shot.

  • toonincheek

    Mar 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    The root of ‘negger’ is negative, not the root you perceive.
    Nothing wrong, or racist or offensive in that.

    Any word, or collection of letters, or symbols,
    can be racist/offensive if you draw a connection.

    There is no such connection in the case of ‘negger’
    and in the context of a blog with various comments
    trying to find the negative side of any situation.

    I find the term ‘fcuk’ offensive.
    No question where it’s root lies.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t like saying ‘told you so’ once again, but I told you so. Just how many brain cells does this management team possess between them? Why put a touch player recovering from a hamstring injury out in zero temperatures on an artificial pitch with no match fitness against a tough Russian side? It beggars belief, but anything is possible with Alan ‘scrambled oeuf for brains’ Pardew, I guess.

  • hatemorloveit

    Mar 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Toonincheeek you speak like a moron…who outside this blog uses it? Majority of our team are black. I am mixed race. Do u think the team would see the word as meaning negative? No they fckin wouldnt. Dont come on here trying to give a sophisticated explanation of what it means and have the cheek to compare it to the word fcuk

  • toonincheek

    Mar 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    hatemorloveit –

    I could throw your first comment back to you.

    I don’t visit many other blogs but my feeling is that on any blog where there are repeated negative comments, reflecting a general negative attitude, the term is well understood – without any racist connotations.

    ANY word can mean, or have connotations to, anything people want.
    My comment was to point out that fellow bloggers do NOT use the word in a racist context, even if some people take it that way.

    Some people on this blog seem to be negative simply for the sake of being negative.
    Do you have an alternative word you would prefer to refer to such people?

    As for fcuk – people know EXACTLY what you mean, but hide behind a different spelling.
    As such, fcuk is just as offensive as the actual word.
    (which doesn’t particularly bother me – it’s just a reflection of the character of those who use it)

  • hatemorloveit

    Mar 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    My mother always told me not to argue with stupid people

  • hatemorloveit

    Mar 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Lol do i have another word? Are u not familiar with the english language…the english language is not so limited that one has to derive a word from racist term that has been thrown around for over 300 years

  • pethmag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18

    I can remember pardew talking in the summer about how he wanted us to be better on the ball and in possesion of it . Well at times this season we have been bloody awfull . How many times have we started games so slow and with no tempo or rythm and cohesion . Theres no fluidity at times and like said it just appears in fits and starts . With sum of the players we have we should be dominating games . We went to old trafford and played attacking football and on another day with sum of our better players there we would of got a result. Same at arsenal . So how come when we played lesser teams pards was much more defensive . Were not a million miles away from being a half decent team . Pards needs to go after games alot more and be more positive

  • toonincheek

    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #19


    ‘negger’ is not, repeat NOT, derived from the racist ‘n’ word.
    I am familiar enough with the English language to not have to use text-style terminology.

    And you didn’t come up with an alternative term for persistent negative posters.

    Let’s just draw a line and agree to differ.

  • hatemorloveit

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Pessimists u moron

  • toonincheek

    Mar 9, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Pessimists have a bleak view of the future and fear the worst.

    ‘negger’ refers to those making repeated negative comments on our players, team tactics and management – not the same thing.


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