Don’t Tell This Frenchman Newcastle Are In Trouble

Newcastle have not made a good start to the season with a 4-0 thumping at the Etihad Stadium  last Monday night, and the summer transfer window has been a huge frustration for Newcastle fans, with the club unwilling or unable to bring in some top talent to Tyneside.

Ben Arfa - SC Braga

Ben Arfa – in pre-season – hoping for a top five finish again

And we saw last night that other teams that finished around Newcastle in the league last season,  have vastly improved and a good example of that is Aston Villa, who again looked a very good side in London, after beating Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday.

Villa went down 2-1 at Chelsea, but could and should have come away with something from the game, and a blatant hand-ball by John Terry in added time in the box, again shows  the referee favors the big sides.

It was a definite penalty, but for some reason Kevin Friend the referee didn’t give it – he didn’t want to spoil Jose Mourinho’s second coming at Chelsea – obviously.

But unless Newcastle get new players through the door in the next 11 days, we could be struggling in the league, but don’t tell that to Ben Arfa, who seems to love it at Newcastle.

This is what the Frenchman has said today:

“Our objective is to finish top 10, and I hope we can finish top five. That will be tough, but I’m confident.” “The Manchester City game has gone. Now we have to turn our attention to West Ham on Saturday.”

“I’ll be doing everything for the team to maybe repeat what we did two years ago” “I’ll be doing everything for the team to maybe repeat what we did two years ago and as a team we’ll be stronger than last season.”

“I hope there are no more injuries.” “There’s confidence in the squad,  and we think we can do something good this season.”

The 26-year-old struggled with a hamstring strain throughout last season, but he looked in good form on Monday night, and was the only Newcastle player who offered any threat to Manchester City, who were much superior to Newcastle on the night.

Newcastle must do well against West Ham on Saturday in our first home game, because Alan Pardew and Newcastle can ill afford to get off to a bad start this season, after what happened last term.

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12 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #1

    I wish the manager shares the same objective which means european games next season

  • Schwefelberg

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Jimmy I have thought a lot about that. If this was happening to a London club or Liverpool the media would make kick up a fuss and train fire on Ashley almost every day.

    As it happens I think they are all pleased about the endless punches in the throat we get.

  • reccerobbo

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Ben Arfa we r in the sh&t

  • Slank

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Pokat @ 402

    I agree with you that it is highly unlikely that the club will be financially unstable under Ashley. I also agree that the next owner may not be so prudent as Ashley.

    However, spending lots of money (whether it’s the new owners own money or that leveraged through a bank against the assets of the club) it doesn’t guarantee trophies.

    Of course there is always the scenario that Ashley could sell the club for a song to a new owner who hasn’t got sufficient money to keep it in the Premiership or at worst afloat. I believe that scenarios similar to this has happened elsewhere eg Blackburn, Portsmouth, Glasgow Rangers, Hearts, Coventry.

  • roe997

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Pardew and co were in NICE airport which is basicly monaco.apart from monaco itself, Juventice is closer than marsaile or any other big club in god knows whats going on.they were no where near paris

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Confidence in the squad? From the very first kick on Monday there was zero evidence of that. We will see when we play West Ham, but anything other than a vast improvement could see us dropping points at home.

  • Vask

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #7

    I like Hatem, he seems to understand what the fans want, I don’t recall him ever saying ‘if such and such a club comes in I’d be away’ or words to that effect. Any speculation about his transfer away he has always said ‘I’m a newcastle player and I want to do well here.’ Perhaps it was the instant support we give him but to me he seems one of our more loyal players. He shares the fans ambitions. And he’s a classic left footed newcastle frenchman.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Totally agree – Better the devil you know
    Ashley would most likely sell to the highest bidder – take Blackburn – Chicken farmer from India. We could get Turkey farmer from Tiawan, Camel herder from the Cameroon
    or some a asset stripping company or American Franchise Company a could in theory move the TOON some other City.

  • ballerfan2

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Interesting to hear the varied opinions on here. I go along with Transfer Sage who believes we were playing ok on monday but the lack of threat up front was our main handicap. I thought we were playing the ball around confidently, particularly early on in the game and looked a lot better than the end of last season. However, we will not be playing Man City every week. They have spent an obscene amount and played as though they had point to prove to their fans and new manager. I was seriously impressed by their play on Monday, the difference in class was obvious but I still don’t think that we are as bad as some make out. A newlywed or two could make a big difference without closing the gap on City.

  • bobby mango

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Wouldn’t be surprised if we lost to WHU and Pardew gets the boot.

  • sparky55

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #11

    charlie…can’t believe you’d rather stick with the status quo than risk another owner.

    If Ashley sacked Pardew and JFK and spent some money on the team then maybe yes…but the current regime with it’s existing management and philosophy is a recipe for a leeds / blackburn for sure.

    Anyone that can afford to buy the club will be good for the club…the amounts of money involved in buying blackburn and leeds were peanuts compared to us so not a worthy comparison

  • Premiership Manager

    Aug 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #12

    We have West Ham, Fulham and Villa to play and to be honest I think we’ll struggle to win against any of them because I can’t see where the goals will come from.

    We may have good players however they need to be the right type of players and that is where we are falling down.

    I still don’t know where Anita will fit in or what Sissoko’s best position is. HBA isn’t a winger, isn’t a striker and isn’t a central midfielder. Tiote and Cabaye are effective but have lost their sparkle.

    We have no natural width and although Marvaux looks excellent at times he goes missing. Goufran is a good in the hole player but he’s not a winger and not a striker. He fills a gap but like many of the other players doesn’t have a natural position.

    In short we have bought cheap to make a midfield but the strategy and composition of players we have is non compatible for effective EPL football.

    Add an ineffective manager to the equation, a small squad and the writing is on the wall. I haven’t even mentioned our front line or defence however the frustrations on the pitch on Monday were there for all to see.

    Frederico Macheda, Victor Moses, Scott Sinclair, Tom Ince, Junior Hoilett and James McArthy are all available and would all improve our squad considerably adding flair, creativity and more importantly EPL experience and goals which we have been lacking.

    Yes they would cost more than the equivalent French players however they would help to balance the squad and would in the long term would benefit the club.

    The current business regime is simply not working and needs to be revised, starting with the manager and DOF.

    I’d be happy to let Cabaye and Debuchy go so long as they were replaced by proven EPL players with passion and heart because at the moment there is no pride, passion or commitment and if we continue to invest in cheap foreign players in the long term we will pay for it.


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