We Need More Magic Moments From This Player – Video


Hatem Ben Arfa is coming of his last game when he was electric in those last 20 minutes  against Fulham, and his goal in the 87th minute got Newcastle all 3 points, and he was given very little room by the Fulham defenders as he broke inside, but he hit the ball with that fantastic left foot of his,  and the ball curled into the top left hand corner of the goal – and the fans went absolutely crazy – and so did we. 😀

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Ben Arfa after scoring the sensational winner against Fulham

In fact my son Neil sent me a text  “Ben Arfa!!!”  about 10 seconds after he had scored – and of course it’s not the first time the 26 year-old has scored a remarkable goal for Newcastle,  and if you put together a video of the 12 goals he has scored for Newcastle, it  would be terrific entertainment.

Ben Arfa is a special player,  and the Newcastle fans just love him to death.

And since the French International  arrived at Newcastle,  Alan Pardew has made him into a much better player, and Ben Arfa does more work now than he used to, but he still tends to give the ball away in bad places, which puts immediate pressure on the side.

But Pardew is continuing to work with the mercurial one, and there is no doubt he is becoming a better  player at Newcastle, and of course he just loves the fans and the 26 year-old seems completely dedicated to Newcastle United.

This is what Alan Pardew told BT Sport about his number 10:

“That’s what we are searching for with Hatem, a little bit more consistency in terms of him winning games, whether it’s an assist or a goal.”  “He has fantastic quality. He is a player the fans love and he certainly got everybody out of their seats the last time.”

“But we need a little bit more than that, more from him, more of those moments.”  “I think he would be the first to admit that that’s what he needs if he is going to break into the French team.” “He has an ability that no other player can match in certain situations, and therefore there is sometimes a down-side to that.”

“But he has worked hard on that down-side in terms of his tactical play and in terms of his work-rate, and he is becoming a complete player.” “If we can keep working on him and making him better, it will be all the better for us and for France.”

Ben Arfa will have seen on Wednesday the way the Geordie fans hold their former great players in such high esteem – and that should inspire Ben Arfa even more.

It’s tough game tomorrow at Aston Villa, but with all the players fit we should be able to field a strong team and a very strong bench too.

Not sure if Ben Arfa can produce that little bit of magic for the second game running, but hey – take a look at what he did 13 days ago – and be happy. 😀

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16 comments so far

  • Tinman

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Was at the game on Wednesday and have to say Barton’s reception was truly remarkable. The fans absolutely love that bloke. 1st thing he did was trip Di Canio as well, in a fair enough way that he knew he wouldn’t hurt him, was brilliant. Di Canio bottling the next 50-50 was priceless as well. Was such a shame Joey missed his pen, could see it meant a lot to him!
    Have to say gained a lot of respect for Di Canio, played brilliantly and handled being the pantomime villian with a lot of class.

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Tinman, was amazing in strawberry corner

    THERES ONLY ONE JOEY BARTON

    YOURE JUST SH*T SCARED OF BARTON

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  • Tinman

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew is a Yes man and a poor tactician. People still seem to think he is a great man manager, so maybe that alongside his passion are his only two positive traits. We need a manager who has the balls to play the attacking football that the fans want to see. With the addition of Remy there is absolutely no reason we shouldn’t have a very attacking line up, who are dynamite on the counter attack. Last chance saloon for me.

    Ashley is a penny pinching scumbag who has gradually lowered our expectations so that he can turn this club into a money spinner and a free advertising tool. If the going gets too tough he will just sell up, having transformed Sports Direct whilst making a few million from player sales and TV revenue. Hope the media shit storm the fans are going to kick up gets rid of him. Don’t underestimate what bad publicity can do to share price. That is how you will get him out. Time for change.

    Kinnear is a fat alcoholic insane loser. Should never have been employed, however can’t critisize him for taking the job. As soon as a new chairman comes in he will be gone if he isn’t already.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Hertha BSC Berlin Vs VFB Stutgart in less than hour. I can feel it.

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  • Tinman

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #5

    I know mate, have been there for most of the games last season. However tickets were sorted out through work, so we were sitting in leazes corner…. zzzzzzzzzz

    Was pissing myself at the shit scared of Barton chant!

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  • Tinman

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Himanshu, what exactly is it?

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Tinman

    Hertha berlin vs Stutgart

    German Bundesliga?

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  • jimiley

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Has anybody noticed how easy press conferences are for managers? A waste of time really with no real challenges. I suppose the press are scared of being banned if they ask difficult questions. Is this a democracy or what? managers are just allowed to spout any old rubbish. Pardew, for example has a “very very good squad.” I suppose thats the same squad, only smaller, that came 5th bottom? Pardew says the squad is “good enough” I suppose thats good enough to avoid relgation? Searching questions are rarely asked. Pardew has been screaming for three marquee signings all summer but at the end of the window says that he is very happy with the squad he has. The press are letting us down because they do not ask the hard questions we want to hear. They are cowards.

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  • Tinman

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #9

    The legends have been queueing up too slate the regime. Shows how bad things have got for them all to be publicly speaking out, sticking their reputations on the line.

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  • Readingmag

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Tinman.

    Great points on Di Canio, sadly I will get torn to shreds for my views.

    I like him and his views, sadly His views are out of date, and not for the modern world of over rated and pampered footballers., and total respect for playing the villain.

    Gutted I could not be there for Harpers….would rather have done that then gone to Shearers.

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  • Tinman

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #11

    I understand its a game. Its the second sentence? ‘I can feel it.’ I don’t understand what you mean, do you think Hertha are going to win? Or is the feeling that the game will actually go ahead in the next hour? I’m just confused haha

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Tinman

    Its the feeling of domestic football being back. That feeling of being away from it and then getting it back.

    Sometimes international breaks are good as in they remind me of how much I love domestic football.

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  • Tinman

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Reading,
    Although I mostly agree with you on Di Canio I can see that already Sunderlands dressing room is being brought into question. Have heard some ridiculous rumours such as players aren’t allowed ice in their drinks the day before the game because he played bad once after having ice in his coke.
    His philsophy that footballers should focus entirely on football and nothing else is spot on but I think he takes some things just a little too far.
    Unfortunately I don’t think he will make it as a manager in the end. He is so close to being a very good manager, but I think he will turn out to be too confrontational and too ‘crazy’

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Tinman, wasnt bad for my first match 🙂 , growing up in london makes it so hard to get up for matches, and with the current regime i have no motivation to, sad but true

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Tinman – I agree somewhat with your previous comments but would go a bit further.
    It was El Gourdo who employed Percy Parsnip and Fat Joe. I really cannot blame them for taking the jobs they were offered- anybody would probably do the same -but they should never have been in the running for those positions in the first place.

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  • bobby mango

    Sep 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Last thing Pardew should be doing is telling our best performing player he needs to up his game

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