We’ll Be Very Very High In The Table Next Year

Ben Arfa did his part yesterday by scoring a penalty after 18 minutes, after he was fouled by Jose Bosingwa, as the Frenchmen showed his speed and skills in the penalty box.

Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United - Premier League

Ben Arfa fires home his penalty at 100 mph yesterday

Make no mistake about it – this was a massive win for the Tyneside football club – and although it got messy in the second half, the lads still stood up to everything QPR could throw at the lads.

Ben Arfa after the game was seen going over to the Newcastle fans, who of course just love the guy, and the 25 year-old Frenchman seems to be so loyal to Newcastle.

He’s also a fabulous player.

This is what the Frenchman said on the official site after the game – and he seems to be looking forward to next season:

“Next year we start another season and I think we’re going to be very, very high in the table.” “I think we’re going to do a big pre-season and I hope we start well.”

“If we start well, I think it can be a very good season like last year.” “It was not stressful today, but I wanted to show to the squad that I have confidence.”

There are several big clubs said to be interested in Ben Arfa, including Liverpool, and Arsenal, but the above doesn’t sound like a player who is thinking of leaving Newcastle in the summer.

If we can keep out top players in the summer, and keep them fit next season, there;ls no reason why we cannot be challenging for the top six again – no reason at all.

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166 comments so far

  • nick_9

    May 13, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #1

    This kid is more of a winner than Pardew will ever be, his attitude today when he scored was great. He tried to spur the rest of the guys on and always tries to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

  • Brutooon

    May 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #2

    get rid of Jonas – old, no end product except f pardew want to keep him as Centre Midfielder

    SHola Ameobi – OLd and SHIT player for the last 12 seasons

    Anita – the only midfield in the world who dont get much of the ball

  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Imagine Benny with a manger who knows what he`s doing.I don`t think we have seen anything like Benny at his best

  • coatesy17

    May 13, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Get rid of Jonas? may not be amazing like benny, but, he closed the ball down for our second goal today, he has a higher workrate than any of our players barring no-one and he absolutely loves the toon! (goal vs chelski) think on mate!

  • AndyMac

    May 13, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #5

    “If we can keep out top players in the summer, and keep them fit next season, there;ls no reason why we cannot be challenging for the top six again – no reason at all”

    Alternatively Ed the exodus that will follow at the end of the season might leave us struggling with Pardwho to avoid the same fate next May ?

  • Beattie25

    May 13, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope by big pre season Benny means a lot of transfers and a new manager.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 13, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Just hope we can keep Arfa and also keep him fit at the start of the season

    Imagine we started next season with everyone 100% fit and a few other signings brought in to add quality to the team?

    Plus a new manager like Benitez??

  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #8

    I`d settle for a just a couple of new players so long as we have someone who knows how to coach and manage em

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #9

    St Etienne 6th so PEA possible

  • stuart no9

    May 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #10




    This is not my analysis of a psychopath but is a well documented check list by academics.
    frieghtening really.

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #11

    my god
    pardew’s a psychopath

  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 13, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #12

    no he`s just a complete fcuking idiot

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 13, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #13

    either way he should be locked up

  • Sazzer

    May 13, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Pretty much a bunch of vague words collected in checklist.

    Academic version of horoscope.

    You should not believe this crap.

    Not defending Pardew here just pointing out that you should never trust something just because it’s academic. Just like you wouldn’t think Pardew tactics is great just because he has a Uefa Pro licence.

  • JackButler

    May 13, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #15

    An on form HBA Marveuax Cabaye Cisse and Sissoko playing under the right manager will frighten the life out of anyone we came up against. Just hope we do manage to get that right man in straight after the Arsenal game

  • stuart no9

    May 13, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #16

    alan -i do care if arsenal hit us for 4 goals next week- actually i am hoping for 6or7 if that is the only way for you to be sacked , then lets have it – and as you say , the fans will be happy !

  • Minato

    May 13, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Instead of “doubling” his efforts as he claimed to this season over last..perhaps Pards should consider halving or quartering his efforts next season. Really hard to be enthusiastic going into next season, baring some huge signings or Pards out the door…

  • Sazzer

    May 13, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #18

    stuart no9 – If it is what it takes. I feel sorry for Harper though.

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 13, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Hmmm no reason at all we won’t be challenging the top 6..
    I can think of one, can I? Yes, Pardew.

    A man who has lowered our expectations to the extent we are over the moon at limping over the line against queens park cirucs. We parked the bus in the 46th minute and were under severe pressure by the end. A performance Pardew said would have ‘critics sobbing in their beer’. No you d1pshit, a 5-0 win maybe.
    He also said ‘I don’t care if we lose 4-0 to arsena’. I have never heard a manager ever say anything like that, even if you are over the moon that the pressure’s off you still say we want to go out on a high, and see how high we can finish. Im sure the fans that paid to see our last to home games losing 3-0 to sunderland and 6-0 to liverpool would expect and deserve better than losing 4-0 to arsenal. The man made it sound like it was an achievement that we stayed up, sorry you didnt keep reading up, we are newcastle united. Injuries blah blah blah, shut up, he could easily bring on marveaux who has more assists than anyone at the club and anita, but he brings on the likes of gosling, shola and oberton. He picks player regardless of form, hence disheartening the players fighting for that spot, and the player whose place is cemented knows no matter what they will play, its bad for harmony and bad for the mentality. Plus every club has injuries get over it.
    And he can’t say we had extra games from the fa cup which we bowed out in the first game again, against brighton, again. Yeah a few extra games in the europa league, so what. Most of those games involved massive changes to the side anyway. Chelsea have played something like 12 games in the last 37 days, have you ever heard of fixture congestion that bad??! Has Rafa said a word, no. Also all the fans on his back from day one didnt help.
    A lot of this season is Pardew’s fault, not all, but a lot, made worse everytime he opens his mouth and more diarrhea dribbles out. Yet he refuses to ever even once hold his hands up and say I was wrong. Such an ego on him. He’s only got the tactics right once this season in my opinion, Benfica at home.. and we still didnt get the result we need.

    To sum up, yes Ed, with the right manager (any of selection of about twenty that are available/would come/ fit the bill) we could be very good next season.
    Under Pardew I expect more bulls1t, arrogant, self obession in interviews, stupid, negative, mind numbingly backward, lower league, no balls, ultra defensive park the bus and inevitably lose tactics. Also expect stars to leave because they don’t deserve his special brand of poo.
    Ashley put this detestable mupput out of our misery.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    May 13, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #20

    if we can replace Pardew with a proper Manager that knows what he is doing,

    replace tiote and jonas with players that actually have quality, and avoid remy/carroll in favor of better strikers. we can finish high next season.

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 13, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Forgot the quote ‘Thank god we’re not in europe next year’ too. No ambition, no heart, no balls. That is all.

  • county down magpie

    May 13, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Anyone fancy hoilett?

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 13, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #23

    No. Last year at blackburn he looked promising, he’s been a disgrace this season. Deserve’s time in the championship.. or prison, whatever.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    May 13, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #24

    I wouldn’t mind townsend… much better than obertan.

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 13, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #25

    Townsend, yes. Very good player, could be great.
    Depends on the price. Same category in my opinion as; Matt Philips, Tom Ince, Nathan Redmond. The one we can get out of those four the cheapest, plus Jason Puncheon (free) for backup and Gergino Windjelum, from PSV and we’ll have three more than capable wingers. We’ve been scouting Windjelum a lot, dutch ronaldinho, hope we can pull it off. But three wingers in added to Benny, Marveaux (only if they have to play wide) and Fergie, means Jonas, Oberton and Sammy can leave. Hence funding some more business. Maybe £6,7 million altogether? And even better it means Benny or Marveaux can play centrally as we would have plenty of natural wingers, finally.

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 13, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Just seen a Pardew poll on another website. 85% say get rid. And 15% (cretins) say keep him.

  • county down magpie

    May 13, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #27

    Townsend could be a shout but we need a tricky, pacy, direct winger which is why I mentioned hoilett. I wouldn’t want Remy, regardless of the $hite in the papers. No class in the wee cnut and did you see him nodding like mad when eliott got his red. Think with St Etienne kinda slippin PEA might be a possibility, all depends on how our reputation is now.

  • ende

    May 13, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #28

    I think tiote can regain form under the right conditions. but I would definitely wait for him to make an upswing and sell him high.

    Jonas is entering the Nicky Butt phase of his career. Not that they come from the same cloth, and minus the leg breaking tackles. 70th minute energy player to help lock down possession in midfield.

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 13, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #29

    I think PEA would still come, he said a few months ago, when being linked with Man City and Inter, he wouldnt go somewhere for money and sit on a bench. He wants to play week in week out, most important thing to him, (and anyone with sense), So while big clubs may and probably will go for him, he might still prefer to come to the likes of us. Only thing is the amount of interest determines how high the price is.
    I’d definately like Carroll back for another option, only thing is we are the last club in the world Liverpoo want to sell him to. And would charge us 5 million more than they’d charge west ham.
    Yeah I dunno, I saw Remy nodding when Elliot got sent off, but in fairness Elliot was protesting, and it was the only decision the ref got right all day. I would have nodded and said yep too. However hen he scored he didnt celebrate, nothing, you’d swear he played for us or something.
    When Ed did the poll it was 52% didnt want him, and 48% did. If we got him i the summer and he scored 25 goals, how many do you think wouldnt want him at the club?
    Ashley’s a lot of things, but a self made billionare is no fool. If he bid £10 million in january for a player from a foreign leage with no prem experience…
    And said player now has prem experience, has been fantastic at a circus of a club, and has a release clause of £8m I think he’s more valuable than 6 months ago, and Ashley will most definately be interested again. Thing is will Arsenal, Liverpool?

  • karasu

    May 13, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #30

    I’ve had enough of all that drama that’s been going on for weeks on end. I’m just gonna pray here for a decent game for legend Steve Harper’s testimonial at SJP against the Gooners.

  • rfcready

    May 13, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Thank God for small mercies, we made it through another soap opera season, Christ its making me old!!!!!!

  • county down magpie

    May 13, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Fair point about remy I suppose, Carroll is a given for me. Played for the badge here and for money elsewhere, you know what you’re gonna get with him. As you say tho Liverfool won’t wanna sell him back to us for a fair market price so it depends on Andy really imo.


    May 13, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #33


  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 13, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #34

    The question we are all left with is what will Pardew do we finish high once again and qualify for the EL?

    Would he be able to lead a squad of 23 just like Laudrup has been when ever he has been in Europe or will he complain once again about the extra games?

    I don’t really fancy being one of these yo-yo teams (I want consistantcy more than stability).

    I can live with Pardew staying on as long as alot will change in the forseeable future; both regarding, training, setpieces, buying players that fits within his own concept of the game (I will probably dread that), interviews and subs (proactive not reactive).

    I would be even better if MA changed his song and got rid of Llambias and sad the bar a little higher 🙂

  • sir_norman

    May 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #35

    the second best scenario i think is for us is to improve our coaching staff, if Pardew still here for next season. We should do what American football teams do, get a specific coaches for every positions. Meaning to say, we should have a strikers coach, a midfield coach, wingers coach, defense coach and also tactics coach. It wont hurt to hired extra coaches, rather than to just fire under-performing manager like Pardew.

  • HOGC

    May 13, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #36

    Pardew is definitely a low capacity manager. I scoff at the fact that he is so happy that he does not have to deal with Europa league next season, what an incapable manager.

  • davetoon

    May 13, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #37

    i’m sure as soon as the arsenal game is over, the reports will switch to the end of season sit down between Pardew and Mashley

  • dubzy

    May 13, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #38
  • catchy in norway

    May 13, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #39

    AP plan if here next season

    get knocked out the cups early doors

    sign jonas perch shola sammi obertan on 7 year deals

    finish charm school

    kiss DL hoop

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 13, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #40

    No Europe

    So in effect he does not want any cup success either

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