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

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 comments so far

  • Klatoon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #1

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

  • Jamiemac

    Mar 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #2

    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!


  • IITianToon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #3

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

  • toonLYF

    Mar 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Alan Shearer ey?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #5

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

  • toonLYF

    Mar 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #6

    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.

  • toonLYF

    Mar 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Mission: Agent O’Neill, commence.

  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Shearer! Shearer! Shearer! Attack Toon Attack Attack!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #9

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

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #10

    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)).

  • kevymartins

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #11
  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #12

    mr tuff

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

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #13

    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!

  • davybtoon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #14

    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

  • carl

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #15

    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!

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

  • alanrichie

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #17

    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.


  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #19

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

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #20

    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.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #21

    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.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #22

    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.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #23

    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

  • MacToon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24

    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?

  • yo-yo

    Mar 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #25


    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.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #26

    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.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 9, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    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

  • Kc-Toon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #28

    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

  • davybtoon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #29

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

  • do the hatem shake

    Mar 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #30

    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

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #31

    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!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #32

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


    Mar 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #33


  • robin

    Mar 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #34

    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!

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #35

    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.

  • aidantoon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #36

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

  • Dannyo

    Mar 9, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #37

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

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #38

    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 🙂

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #39

    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?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #40

    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.


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