Good News On Ben Arfa Today

If Newcastle are going to survive a potential catastrophic relegation this season, we need to see some of our top players play near their very best form in the last two games of the season, and we need some players to step up and score some goals too.

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Ben Arfa – coming into top form – hopefully

And on Saturday the returning Hatem Ben Arfa, making his first start since the game at Fulham in early December, was outstanding in the first half, although he faded a bit at the beginning of the second half before he was replaced.

But the mercurial Frenchman should be even fitter for the QPR game next Sunday, and we need to see his magic, and that could well be the difference against QPR in a game we have to win.

Alan Pardew seemed upbeat about Hatem’s fitness today, when he talked to the local press:

“Hatem has done well after a week’s work. He didn’t pull the hamstring. He’s OK.” “He made a difference at times. He was the difference between the two sides in the first half.”

“He had a little bit of quality. It’s a shame we couldn’t get the goal.” “Cabaye and our flair players will probably have a bit more in their lockers, hopefully.”

And we also hope to see Yohan Cabaye playing at or near his best in the last two games, and we know Yohan can put the ball into the back of the net – and no doubt he’ll be encouraged to shoot when he can, in our last tow games of the season.

If we can survive relegation it’s going to be a huge relief for the side, because we don’t have to point out that another drop would be an even bigger tragedy than the last time a short four years ago.

It would simply decimate the current team.

Ben Arfa can add to his folk hero status on Tyneside, in the last two games,  by being our main man and getting us the points to survive what has been a terrible and frustrating season.

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21 comments so far

  • Santon03

    May 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    If Marv and Sis are gone then..
    ————–Cisse ——–Gouff————–
    But it’s more likely Jonas will be on the LW.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    It is only good news if he discovers more end product. At the minute he doesn’t have score or create enough for the talent he has.

  • Santon03

    May 6, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    What happened to Obertan?


    May 6, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Personally I’d rather drop Simmo for Santon and stick Anita in for Jonas and play 433 like the West Ham game

    As for Obertan maybe the mother ship came and took him home?

  • Rotonda heights

    May 6, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    it would be the biggest crime in footballing history for a manager to get us relegated with this squad.

    never known such a self absorbed, arrogant ” it’s all about me ” manager in my life. Well Mourinho of course but Mourinho really ” is a winner ”

  • obatoyou

    May 6, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Lol hope that’s not a crack at the poor fellows mid shapen head, ur no Casanova urself boy~

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 6, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda ,
    Just a big crime for an owner to show such scant regard for fans who turn up in their tens of thousands.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Here is the tribunal statement which J4A mentioned in the last article:

  • TB95

    May 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    I can confirm that as of the Liverpool game, Obertan is alive and well. I shared a lift with him and Marveaux. So no mothership taking him away yet 🙂

  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10


    i think you will find that he has the right to do what ever he likes with the club

    for what ever reason, we now have our name back,

    good thing 🙂

    our sqaud , is as good as any squad i have ever known, just need a few key players

    but while i love the club, its the football im mostly interested in, they could paint the stadium green for all i care, as long as the football and results were good,

    now if you were to go aftre DL, he is the one that has a day to day handle on the club, he should be looking at this and going what the hell is going on, but he is taking advice from pardew,

    mike is not around until match day, im guessing DL hears things and keeps them away from MA, so all apears rosie in the garden, the world is only against AP, and he is buying it,,

    we need a director of football at the club,,m someone who understands football, and what players can do and should be doing, if there not, he needs to figure out why,

    DL and AP make all the wrong noises

  • Santon03

    May 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11


    I can’t see anyone else posing a threat other than Santon going forward on the left side. IF he plays RB then he will be exposed.
    I would rather take Cisse off for Anita.

  • ErnestHemingway

    May 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    JFA & Lilongwe

    I agree with both of those statements. Both very talented squads who have massively underachieved and shouldn’t be in the position they are in. We find ourselves where we are, one way or another, for various reasons.

    With Owen, Viduka, Martins, Duff et al, we should’ve been scoring way more goals than we did. This squad has the excuse of having one Premier League quality starting striker (sorry Shola), but the midfield should be creating far more than they have.

    But I think JFA is right….Mike Ashley is the constant in our failings over the last few years, so he needs to shoulder most of the blame.

  • Bambams

    May 6, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    I would put benny alongside cisse. He has all the skill in the world and could certainly have the guile to set up some through ball’s for cisse.

    We need to create more chances than we do.

  • davis_toons

    May 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Arsenal use zonal marking for corners conceded.

    What are we using?

    Nothing. OTOT (own time own target)
    ..thats as good as no coaching being done.

  • davis_toons

    May 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    With just last two games left, we are facing so much players injury problems. Is this excuse good enough?

  • davis_toons

    May 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    If we go down, i rather have a manager that can set us up playing good passing football and in no time we will be just as good as Swansea or Cardiff.

    In time, we will be promoted again with better football structure.

    Playing SOME proper stable, consistency football than strugger every season. “Hot and Cold”

    1st season – 5th position
    the next season we are going to relegate. This is cause by in-consistent football.

  • davis_toons

    May 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    “through ball’s” that’s what the players are asking and was not even in the training session. Are they?

    How can you score from a through ball when you collect it from the air most of the time.


  • davis_toons

    May 6, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Agent Bruce is coming up.


    May 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Just like to say that if we do end up going down and at the momemt its not definite?

    How many of our talented team are going to stick around to get us back up again?
    My patience is running out with Pardew and i,m gradually moving over towards the Pardew out camp !
    If we stay up now it will be be by the “skin of our teeth” so to speak.

    How can the manager of the sesason last year go into a new season this year and have made such a complete and utter Bollocks of it this year ?

    How many rats will leave the sinking ship this time around? And i think that QPR will be doing their utmost to try and pull us down to the Championship with them !
    Remy will play and will not flinch in front of goal, even if we beat them at Loftus Road we shall still not be guaranteed of safety ? He is now in the shop window, and will be trying to impress prospective new clubs?

    Any-one see us getting a result against the Gooners in the last game? Because it will surprise me if we get anthing from them!

  • lesh

    May 6, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Catchy. I’ve said all along that Ashley’s informed by Llambias and doubtless hears what Llambias wants him to hear. However, when the wheel’s about to come off, DL’ll be far away from Pardew.


    May 7, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #21

    I seriously think that Pardew is going to get his marching orders in the Summer ?

    He insisits on using the same tactics, and the same out of form players when other players are fit and available.
    Then his after match comments tend to accent on the same old excuses after every game, injuries, tired, bad decisions Bla Bla Bla!

    On paper, we have the best team for years, and with maybe one striker and a strong central defender brought in then we would be fine? The blame lays squarely with Pardew and i can,t see us getting the points which will save us?

    We only need one more bad refereeing decision or one more dis-allowed goal to sink us completely for the second time in four years.


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