Pardew Admits Ben Arfa Is Not Always Easy To Manage

The star of the show so far for Newcastle this season is 26 year-old Hatem Ben Arfa, who already has a couple of goals and an assist  this season, and both goals were scored in single  goal wins for the Tyneside club, so this lad’s contribution has been important in getting Newcastle 7 points in the first four league games, and just 3 points off leaders Liverpool, who dropped two points last night at Swansea.

ben arfa congratulated aftter scoring

Ben Arfa being congratulated after coring first goal on Saturday

The mercurial winger is showing his best form at Newcastle so far this season, and he’s something to watch when he was in the form he showed at Villa Park on Saturday, and the Villa defense just couldn’t handle him, and he was the best player on the feled, and got 85% of the vote in our poll for Newcastle’s best player.

But the Newcastle manager has said the lad  isn’t always easy to manage, and this is what Pardew had to say in the local press today:

“We’ve got him in a good place,” “He’s not easy to manage.” “His focus is sometimes not always there as it should be.”

“I thought the plaudits after Fulham were a little bit over the top, as we tend to do.”  “I don’t care what you say, they won’t be over the top now. He was unbelievable against Villa.”

“If we can do that and keep him fit and focused like that, we’ve got a player who can change the destiny of any Premier League game.”

Ben Arfa scored an 87th minute winner against Fulham just over a couple of weeks ago, but Alan Pardew said he was pulling his hair out at some of Ben Arfa’s decisions during that game, but the 26 year-old capped it off with an absolutely brilliant strike to get the Magpies all 3 points against the Cottagers.

And last Saturday he was in the box to score Newcastle’s first goal after 18 minutes, and his fantastic shot late in the game was only parried by Guzan, and the impressive Yoan Gouffran followed up to smash the ball home to give Newcastle another 3 points.

And Alan Pardew wants to see more goals from the Frenchman this season, and he has urged him to get into the penalty box more often.

Newcastle were decimated with injuries last season, and a lot will depend  on keeping our top players, like Ben Arfa,  fit for this season.

If we can do that, we could just surprise ourselves this season, as we did a couple of years ago, and let’s face it – that would be great, and a welcome positive after all the trials and tribulations over the summer. 😀

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • Jamiemac

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1


    Fair play mate! I’d much rather hear a prediction like that than someone predicting bottom 3! If we get on a good run I think we can definitely challenge top 6

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2


    I don’t think we can challenege top 6, i predict 10th, but if things all go our way no reason 7th will be out of the question.

    As for people predicting relegation I don’t get it. If you averaged out our points per game from villa away last year (after new players signed), we had enough to be around 11th i think it was. We have now added remy and they have settled in, sure other teams have gotten stronger but not significantly.

  • doonundertoon

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    why did he have to say he is not easy to manage… honestly, pardew is a retard..

  • Magpie Myles

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    I think this could be the first year in a long time the Man U don’t make the top 4. I can see tottenham, liverpool, arsenal and chelsea fighting it out for top 4. Man U and Man City both look average to me so far this season.

  • Santon03

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    The most important thing is not to drop points on home games, last year we lost too many home games.

    Btw only spitballing here, this year I see different pardew. The old pardew will start with Tiote on saturday, but he didn’t. Probably same case with Jonas if he is fit and Saylor, they will have to perform to get into starting line up and he gave chances to youngsters like Dummet. Is this the effect of JK as DOF?

  • ArtyH

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    @ Transfer Sage, ordinarily I would agree but there are so many other teams who have strengthened their squad which improves them immensely, where we have added only one so yes we have strengthened but not in comparison or in many peeps opinion enough. Great to see some good results though and to feel more optimistic.

  • Santon03

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Seems to me that they are concentrating on fixing internal problem first instead transfers like getting new fitness coach etc.

  • ArtyH

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Just an idea on tactics and playing formations etc. If we went for the win and set up the team for this every home game, picked the away games we could realistically win and go for it, then set the team up for the breakaway goals with a 50-50 chance of winning that team ie top 8 teams. On averages may give us a better chance than just playing for the draw or playing not to lose like we did last season.

  • theartfuldodger

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    I hope we stick to our 4 3 3 system and buy players accordingly.

  • Coach

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    I really don’t get Pardew. Paul Lambert has probably been dreaming of having a problem like HBA, maybe more like having nightmares about him.

    I went to the match with a friend who is a Villa fan and when the second goal went in, a voice behind me groaned “It’s that f***ing Ben Arfa again.”

    What does Pardew think he’s paid for. I don’t want to sound too anti Pardew but some of the things he says and does leave me scratching my head.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11


    I think some teams around us strengthened more than we did in the summer but still think its us and everton who have the best squad outside the top 6 teams.

  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    ArtyH @ 6

    ‘…so many other teams who have strengthened their squad which improves them immensely..’

    That is not entirely true.

    I don’t know whether there are any Stats but I’m sure that buying a lot of players in one fell swoop does not improve the team immediately, especially when all or many of those players have never played in the Premiership and/or never lived in this country. It takes quite awhile for a clutch of new players to settle into a team, its structure and method of playing. We were very lucky with our January intake. It was touch and go whether we would be relegated. Of course it’s arguable that without them we would have been relegated.

  • rwpoynter

    Sep 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #13

    I have no idea if Pardew (or Kinnear for that matter) ever read this blog and I doubt very much either would admit to it, but as a form of useful feedback, the overall consensus of opinion might well be something they should take notice of (50,000 heads are better than one?). I have a sneaking suspicion that the wider consensus of opinion is looked at by someone in the hierarchy, because such popular opinions as ” no more hoofball’ ,”more attacking from the start”, “Play in form players rather than favourites” and “allow flair players to do their own thing” seems to have been taken on board recently, and more to the point is working. 7 points from the last three games is not only proof of this but with it will come self confidence which will fuel its continuance. The talent is undoubtedly in this club. Buying an extra ten players in the summer window , in itself, is no guarantee of success (e.g. Sunderland), if they are not of the required quality. Yes , we could do with a few more, but only if they are good enough.

  • gazzaforever

    Sep 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardumb should not talk like that, in january I bet big clubs will be after Benny, he should show some respect to the player who saved his @ss so far this season

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #15

    i doubt HBA will be happy with that


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