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Ben Arfa Can Be One Of World’s Best Players – Pardew

5:40 pm, Saturday, March 9th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 85 Comments

Alan Shearer held his press conference this afternoon for the Stoke City game, and yes, his beard has a little bit longer, and it was a very short press conference of less than four minutes.

alan pardew with new beard

Alan Pardew’s beard is a little worse – make that longer – than this shot of him

With Aston Villa winning at Reading this afternoon and QPR beating Sunderland 3-1 at home, the pressure is on Newcastle to win tomorrow, and if we can win by two goals we can climb at least three places in the league table, and go above Sunderland, Norwuch and Stoke.

Alan was asked about Ben Arfa’ fitness, and he said the Frenchman was a bit stiff today, but that Alan was hopping to have him available for tomorrow’s game, and the manager also had this to say about the mercurial winger:

“It’s important that he has come back at maybe a crucial time because we have still managed to stay in the Europa League.” “We have done well in that competition and we have got a great chance on Thursday after the 0-0 draw in first leg.”

“But the most important thing is to get this win in the Premier League to give us some breathing space, and if we can get through this week, then Hatem is going to be very, very important to us.”

“He’s a massive player at this level. He’s our Suarez – he’s that different player, someone who in a tight game can create something out of nothing.” “He’s a fantastic player, tremendous technique and a great mentality to be one of the best players in the world.”

“That’s what he wants to be. That’s his target and all I am trying to do is drive him towards that goal.”

We hope Ben Arfa can start the game tomorrow, because we know he can make goals out of nothing, and we need a few goals tomorrow to get the win against a Stoke side that we should be able to beat, if we can show something close to our best form

Here’s hoping.

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85 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Klatoon // Mar 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Yes he can,…with the right players around him. Ball’s in your court pards, “make” him great.

  • 2 Jamiemac // Mar 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Alan Shearer Ed?

    If we win by 2 goals and West Ham lose away to Chelsea by 2 goals then we go 11th and only behind 10th on GD!


  • 3 IITianToon // Mar 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    The reappearance of the word ‘mercurial’ in the articles can mean only 1 thing.. King Benny IS BACK!!!

  • 4 toonLYF // Mar 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Alan Shearer ey?

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Mar 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Just sat and had my dinner with a mackem whose calling for MoNs head.Priceless.

  • 6 toonLYF // Mar 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    all of them are calling for O’Neil’s head seemingly. They all also hate Johnson and Graham, which is funny considering how much they banged on about them. That N’Diaye lad looks lost everytime i watch them play too, he just doesn’t move like a footballer. They are in trouble imo, but think they’ll just about stay up.

  • 7 toonLYF // Mar 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Mission: Agent O’Neill, commence.

  • 8 Dennis Twice // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Shearer! Shearer! Shearer! Attack Toon Attack Attack!

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Uh oh
    Only a few games left, relegation battle, Alan shearer in charge, I’ve got a horrible feeling about this!!!!!!!

  • 10 Mister Tuff // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    It would appear that Agent O’Neil is doing better than Agent Bruce. I think they will probably survive -just.
    Tads/Jesper — on the Benny hamstring debate I think I’ve got to side with Jesper. After Benny was initially injured against Maritimo (22.11.12) he next returned to play against Fulham on 10.12.12 – 18 days by the calendar but in effect 16 full days. During this period I believe he remained in Newcastle. Bringing him back after such a short period was not just a gamble but the wrong decision. I suspect the management were panicking to get him back as soon as possible due to our dire performances at this time. It was not until he relapsed that he went to Clairefontaine for treatment.
    Staying with Benny at the moment – he is clearly NOT a centre forward -and another gamble playing him in freezing conditions on a plastic pitch.
    (the rush to use Benny at all costs illustrates that we are in dire need of a replacement striker(s)).

  • 11 kevymartins // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I didn’t know about this will hada order next season

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    mr tuff

    it certainly seemed yet another unnecessary risk playing benny in arctic conditions on that pitch as you say

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Mister tuff
    How dare you!!! 😉
    Not saying I’m right or wrong I’m just saying it seems a touch OTT to exclusively blame pardew when the club has a whole team of medical staff and coaches to provide insight into the players fitness level, if he’s told they think he’s fit enough to play why would you not play him? Especially given how cautious he was with benny last season?

    Check the toastie
    Don’t know if your still on but meant to say your 2 posts the morning after anzhi were spot on mate regarding the result, obertan and marv, don’t always agree with you but agree 100% with them!

  • 14 davybtoon // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Sunderlands last 9 games
    Norwich home
    Man utd home
    Chelsea away
    Newcastle away
    Everton home
    Villa away
    Stoke home
    Southampton home
    Spurs away

    I can really see Sunderland goin down IMO stoke n Norwich there most realistic chance of points I hope they do

  • 15 carl // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    You can get when Saturday Comes – a half decent football magazine for a quarter of the cost. Also digitally under the same subscription.
    You know it makes sense!

  • 16 Mister Tuff // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Tads @13 -I’m not saying Percy is at fault here but the whole medical/coaching staff (which includes Percy). Things we do not know is was he sent for a scan before the Fulham game -we know he was sent for a scan after the Fulham game when problems were identified -despite Benny saying he could not feel his hamstring and was ok. Later scans revealed his hamstring was being held together by scar tissue- clearly the scar tissue evidence suggests healing from an earlier injury. Club staff should not take this type of risk with our multi million pound player. The evidence suggests the club erred.

  • 17 alanrichie // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    He could be worldclass just needs to stop getting injured and start performing good every game as much as he can. Consistency.

    Please like the above page trying to reach over 200. General NUFC banter page.


  • 18 Ketsbaia9 // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Sunderland will get 11 points out of that, so they’ll stay up. I believe that QPR will win 8 of the last 9 games. Reading, Villa and someone else are doomed.

  • 19 Ketsbaia9 // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Would like to see Wigan stay up and win the fa cup.

  • 20 Ketsbaia9 // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Does anyone else do silly accumulators (i.e. 10p on 16 results for £1m)? Definitely a better chance to win rather than doing the lottery. I feel as sick as a pigeon as I should be £2100 better off today. Swansea’s disallowed goal should’ve stood.

  • 21 Ketsbaia9 // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    To get 12 out of 16 results right (excluding the Swansea game) is not bad going. An 11p bet could’ve made me a millionaire. Well worth a punt for peanuts.

  • 22 Ketsbaia9 // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    A draw against Wigan would be a good result for us. I still wished we would’ve kept Ba and signed Remy. Our squad would be one of the best in the league. Remy is worth going for if QPR drop. Forget the past.

  • 23 davybtoon // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    No way Sunderland will get any where near 11pts out of those fixtures they’ve just got 2pts out of 18 from the last 6 games they’ve played

  • 24 MacToon // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Ketsbaia9 // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM
    QPR will win 8 of the last 9 games.

    Aston Villa V QPR
    Fulham V QPR
    QPR V Wigan
    Everton V QPR
    QPR V Stoke
    Reading V QPR
    QPR V Arsenal
    QPR V Newcastle
    Liverpool V QPR

    Curious to know which of these games you’d see QPR losing?

  • 25 yo-yo // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM


    Ba wanted out
    Remy didn’t want in
    Get over it

    Unwashed could pull as little as 5-6pts from that fixture list – and that would put them in trouble.

    On QPR – reckon they’ll draw 2 or 3 of the away games IF they’re in top form and lose 2 or 3 and only win one – at Reading. Villa, Everton and Fools will beat them.
    At home – they’ll win 2 lose 2 (poss draw one)

    That’s 11-13 pts – they’ll not make the 37pts floppy chops is hoping for.

  • 26 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Unlucky mate, keep trying I might give it a shot myself, I once won a trip to the Milan Derby, did u have swansea for a draw ? Seems like there was a bit of controversy about the goal, can’t wait for MOTD, u must have good knowledge tho, don’t give up.

  • 27 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Honestly Sunderland could be in the bottom 3 before they play us they are shite

    Watched them against West Brom and another couple of games and they are bad we got slagged for long balls but that has always been O neill’s specialty

    Would love us to have a fully fit squad still be in the Europa and totally pound Sunderland at home sending them further down would actually be a great season if that happened ha ah

  • 28 Kc-Toon // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I like to put a daft accumulater on every week, But the bookies dont tell you that theirs a limit to how much you can win. I can win a maximum of 200 grand on the one i go to, So if i was to put on another 10 teams ontop of my accumulater and have a return of 1 million, Id only win 200’000 of that, and there really would be no need for the extra 10 teams

  • 29 davybtoon // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    If the scum fail to beat Norwich they will b in trouble

  • 30 do the hatem shake // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    what do you think the score will be tomorrow and what team do you think we will start i think this will be the team
    then guti on 60 min mark for hatem just to see the game through and i will also start anita instead of tiote but cant see pardew doing that

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Kets…would have to agree with you there; that late goal by Swansea should have stood it was no way near offside!

    …would like some sort of video tech to be introduced to clear up these mistakes. Ban can be given and taken away after a game – would like to see something similar to these socalled offside goals!

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    …is there a limit to how much you can loose as well? 😉

  • 33 JAMSHA // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM


  • 34 robin // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Old Pardew, talks some drivel at his press conferences. He should go into politics its full of chancers like him. Well he locks horns with another Tactical genius old Pulis, the perennial survivor. So its anyones guess how Pardew, sets up for this one. 3-1 to the Mags Gouffran, Saylor and Cabaye!

  • 35 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    If u gave or took away goals after a game in hindsight, then the team that conceeded would nt have a chance to react and change their game plan. The decision would have to be instant or a few second analyst to make it fair, but that would mean a lot of extra time for all the delays over decisions.

  • 36 aidantoon // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Hope Benny starts again tomorrow, would also keep Anita in the side as well.
    Fancy a 2_1 win for us, goofy and sissoko.

  • 37 Dannyo // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Shouldn’t you go and worry about your Sunderland team going down?

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Mark…I am more partial to give and take goals after the game to the delays there would during the game.

    …you due it with bans!

    It might not be the best solution but neither is loosing because of a technicality. A goal is a goal and should be about whether the refs make a mistake or not :-)

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Do the hatem shake
    It’s a good team alright with most our lads back to fitness apart from krul and colo, although it seems we need to get used to life with colo anyway!
    Not sure if benny will start tomos against a very physical stoke, think it depends if cisse is fit tbh, has there been any word if he’s feeling better?
    So think it will start the same if cisse is fit with goofy and guru on the wings
    Or if he’s not possibly HBA on the left goofy up top and guti on the right?

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Mark…they could also just have the game play on; reaccess the goal and make a decission during the game whether it is a goal or not :-)

    …they have the tech to do that.

  • 41 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Pardrew has to be a politician with all that goes on above his head, not many managers would stand for it, but he loves the club and has done excellent is the hotseat that has been dubbed ‘the poisoned chalice’ by that Scottish devil .

  • 42 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM


    Mark think your right, can you imagine travelling to the game, celebrating a win then getting home to find out the result has been overturned and you’d actually drawn/lost!!!
    Personally don’t think it should be touched its all part of the drama of the game it’s what makes footy so exciting, if they can find a way to bring in video replays without really holding the game up fair enough if not leave it be

  • 43 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Team for tomorrow






    For me Haidara deserves a start in the Premier League and as much as I like Santon he needs to realize his place is not guaranteed, also he has played every game this season and could do with a break for a game or two.

    I would start Anita over Tiote as well. Cheick has been little more than a yellow card machine this season whereas Vurnon was one of our best players in the bad run we had at the back end of last year and should have never been kicked out of the starting line up to begin with.

  • 44 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Yeah jesper, they could have say a 30 second period where the game keeps playing and the decision is looked at and if the decision is wrong the game then gets brought back, but anything over a minute then the players would know the decision isn’t going to be given and they can keep playing on

  • 45 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    …for me that’s not really what football is about or should be about.

    …it is the downside of it! To each your own I guess.

    Goal line tech will introduced soon and at some points so will decissions that can make or break a game.

    Football shouldn’t really be about what you could get away with (just take a look at how we react when we feel robbed in a game)

  • 46 Munster Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    God Pardew talks some utter bollocks at times.

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Mark…and that would even go hand in hand with the decision to let the game play when there is a fault and then give the yellow card afterwards!

    …would probably be something like that they’ll introduce at some point I think.

  • 48 Munster Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I think Guti will play tomorrow. Pardew will be concerned about Stoke’s height and I think he will start. I also think Haidara will start. At least he should – he’s going to be miles more effective , certainly defensively, than the overrated Santon.

  • 49 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Toon army south
    Yeah that would be a nightmare getting home and realising what u thought was a win was taken away, nothing beats that feeling of an nufc does it.

  • 50 Munster Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Gotta say, Pulis is a proper tool. I remember a press conference when we stuffed them ( possible the away win when Obertan was actually good ) and he moaned and lied without challenge from yet another stupid british football journalist. He’s the kind of guy that if his team loses 5-0 , he claims it would have been very different except for the disallowed peno. Yeah mate, 5-1. Knob.

  • 51 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Yeah jesper, It might happen but as Toon Army South said, its all part of the drama of our beloved game.
    Seen Laudrup interview and he said he can take the debates about penalties and missed chances its the joy of the game, peoples own opinons, but apparently Swanseas goal wasn’t even debatable, ref giv offside from a throw in I think ?

  • 52 Marty-Toon // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    There’s a huge need for goal line tech especially this year we’ve seen so many games changed because of wrong or borderline decisions.
    Even today there’s several things with disallowed goal for swans,peno for west brom was also wrong.
    It’s every week and its usually the teams lower down that are most unlucky.
    Man Utd get away wih a lot but got an unfair taste of it with Nani sending off

  • 53 do the hatem shake // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    good to hear that Ferguson got man of the match for Birmingham i still dont think he will make it a year to short for his loan but sammy looks more likely to break through the team coz hes an ameobi

  • 54 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    The problem is I think football is one of the few remaining sports which is non stop, which is why it’s so exciting to watch and pulls in some of the biggest sporting crowds world wide, can’t help but feel it would lose some of its appeal if there was no drama no controversy, look at the manure game mid week
    Plus it seems to even it’s self out over the season and we’ve certainly benefited! Everton’s disallowed goals vs us and cisse’s goal vs Southampton was offside but its all part of the game

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Mark…well for me that is not what football is about!

    …gotta say I dissagree with tads about that. Agree with him that if some sort of tech could be introduced without disrupting the game too much it would be ideal.

    Technicalities should not decide the outcome. Remember when Cisse scored twice against Metalist and they were both disallowed eventhough they should have stood!

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Munster…hear hear!

  • 57 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    My problem is some minor mistakes could be the difference between a team say, being relegated or dumped out of a cup and I would like to see some form of video evidence used.

    Look at our game against Metalist for example. Say we had been beaten 1-0 at home with Cisse’s 2 goals disallowed and then getting a 1-1 draw and getting dumped out of the Europa cup after coming all that way for the sake of a linesman’s bad decision. I would have kicked right off.

    As for slowing down the game. Even when a player scores he is off celebrating anyway and as soon as it has been disallowed wrongly or not all the players stand having a go at the reff for 30 seconds or so. And you can see how fast we get a replays on the TV at home, it is within seconds and the referee could be told through his earpiece.

  • 58 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Yeah think it would lose some of its appeal if it was slowed down and that’s what how many of us take pleasure from disecting a game, and debating our own opinions on incidents.
    people who don’t even follow footie, had an opinion on the nani red card, still smile when I think of fergie trying to get down the stairs ha,
    Think goal line tech should be introduced though, its relatively simple and won’t slow the game.

  • 59 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Like I said though mate it works both ways!
    Yeah the decision’s went against us vs metallist but think of the points we could of dropped if we had that kind of thing in place, ba’s goal vs reading, everton’s 2 goals against us ruled out, cisse vs Southampton and tbf think him and ba had a few goals which could of been scratched
    Two sides like we could be deep in the relegation sh1t right now

    Like i said if there’s a way to do it without disrupting the game then yeah cool but not if it becomes painfully stop start for every little decision the ref has to make, where do you draw the line? Goals? Pens? Free kicks? Throw ins? Goal kicks or corners?
    The game could become silly very quickly, be like watching poxy NFL!
    As for retrospectively changing results that would never happen and should never happen!

  • 60 yo-yo // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:14 PM


    Look at how the Six Nations Rugby does the video replays with the 4th official, refs miked up and everyone can hear what is said. We do need goal line tech as well. It’s a professional game with amateur standards of officiating and resolving disputes.
    I’m also in favour of the ten minute sin bin for a yellow card.
    Could even have the tennis system where each player has three appeals – just see Fergie getting off on that :)

  • 61 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Well think goal line is being trailed in a league or a comp next season so i suppose we’ll see what the FA and UEFA think on how it goes
    Perhaps if they just had a video ref like in rugby it wouldn’t really slow the game

  • 62 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    BPC…that was just my point :-)

  • 63 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Hope FIFA and sepp blatter are listening to this haha

  • 64 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    @ Tads

    Yeah I agree that decisions for throw ins or free kick’s (unless in a dangerous area) would slow the game down and be pointless but I would welcome a system that focused on decisions that affect a game directly like Offside goals, Penalty decisions, Goal line scrambles and red cards. There aren’t that many of those in your average premier league weekend and it would probably reduce things like diving and harassment of the referee.

    The question you have to answer is :

    Does the joy of gaining a dubious game changing decision for the good outweigh one that goes against you ? . I get so angry when NUFC get cheated. Anyone remember a few seasons ago when Pederson punched the ball into the net and it stood ? , was so blatant as well.

  • 65 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Of course you get p1ssed when we feel cheated but I can’t honestly answer that as we’ve benefitted this season more than we’ve had it go against us, honestly reckon we’d be 5-8 points worse off that’s the difference between top flight and fizzy pop

  • 66 yo-yo // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM


    That’s why a video official works well in Rugby. The diving is a massive problem – there are lots of mistakes in penalty decisions and these are game changing

  • 67 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Tiote should not be playing in this game Stoke are brilliant at free kicks don’t want a thug who will give them needless free kicks every 5 minutes

    Would actually like Haidara to play with Gouffran on the left and Santon and Debuchy on the right and proper go for Stoke with Anita as well because Stoke are terrible in possession so we need someone who can keep the ball Anita would allow

    But I think the team will be :


    Would love us to surprise Stoke and go all out attack as they are heavily there for the taking

  • 68 AwToonnufc // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    How can people say that Ben Arfa is injury prone? He has had this hamstring injury…. I don’t think you can say someone is injury prone when they’ve only been out injured twice in three years… One of them injures was a double leg break through a horrible tackle from a dirty player. That is just bad luck??

  • 69 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Don’t know what’s wrong with Tiote used to be my favourite player, never been the same since the mackem sending off. Hope he comes back to his best as he was the best defensive mid in the league last two seasons, along with Alex Song. If you need proof look at YouTube highlights v man u 3-0, absolutely bosses midfield and rooney.

  • 70 Mags Serbia // Mar 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Mags Serbia – Interview

  • 71 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Serbia Mags
    Class to know we have hardcore fans in Serbia. Wouldn’t want to mess with you boys, quality.
    Video could have done with subtitles though, but I could understand Newcastle, St James Park, Fortress. Haha mint.

  • 72 toonLYF // Mar 9, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    great stuff Mags Serbia

  • 73 Tsunki // Mar 9, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    OK I get that Shearer is growing a beard for some reason, but where the hell did Norwuch come from?

    I dont think qpr will stay up by virtue of beating the scum, as they are no barometer of a comeback being a perenially woeful rabble of ancients and overrated hoof merchants. All it says to me is that qpr and reading still go down but that the mackems are in serious danger of baling out villa or wigan. happy days around the corner!

  • 74 Tsunki // Mar 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    What game were you at with the Mags Serbia flag? I seem to remember something about that. Weren’t you giving someone stick that day ha ha? Someone help me out here…

  • 75 Jamiemac // Mar 9, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Likely team tomorrow:

    Cab-Mr T

    Don’t mind that team, done well for us recently. Santon needs to step up with Haidara hot on his heels. Hopefully see HBA after an hour or so. Predicting 2-0 to us

  • 76 bollance // Mar 9, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    If that is not putting hba in the shop window I do not know what is.

    Prepare yourselves with life after hba this summer. At least if hba is playing for a move we will see the best of him.

    He is very easy on the eye but is no where near as influential as cabaye. We can live without hba but we would be royally f#cked without cabaye. Just look at this season as the proof!

  • 77 bollance // Mar 9, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Ps really hope hba stays but there have been bits nd pieces suggesting otherwise. Unfortunately this report adds more fuel to the fire.

  • 78 Spuggy // Mar 9, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    A win tomorrow and we can really enjoy thurs home Europa game.

    Let’s hope we can do it.

  • 79 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Was it not mac city left back, kolarov,, who gave someone stick about their flag, although he is a Serb himself so couldn’t have been that game .

  • 80 RonVanDam // Mar 10, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Arsenal sent a scout to monitor 23-year-old Saint Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this weekend as they ponder a summer swoop.
    Full story: Metro

  • 81 TimKrulFan // Mar 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    I think are biggest loss would be HBA not Cabaye.@Bollance

  • 82 Novocastrian66 // Mar 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Bollance; HBA sells himself. Pardew is only stating what everyone knows. The only doubt with The Hatem Bomb is his fitness. If it wasn’t so we wouldn’t have got him in the first place.

  • 83 Mister Tuff // Mar 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    RonVanDam – Aubameyang is on fire at the moment -he’s scored 8 goals in their last seven games. He may not move in the summer if ASSE qualify for the CL. They are currently third in Ligue 1.

  • 84 stephen1971 // Mar 10, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    you,s are going on about sunderland going down, well guys we,re on the same points so lets not speak too soon, i fancy a 3-1 win today with cabaye scoring first hwtl

  • 85 Owldman // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Watched Makums in the pub yesterday & they were really crap one of worst teams in the Prem by a mile def relegation candidates with QPR & Reading.On more hilarious note dont know who the little guy was who was playing up front for the Makums but he looked like a midget beside Samba

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