This Is Why Ben Arfa Must Listen To Alan Pardew

Ben Arfa was left out of the Newcastle starting line-up yesterday at Cardiff after two below par appearances for Newcastle in the defeats against Hull and Everton, but that was after starting the season in exhilarating form.

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Ben Arfa scoring a fantastic winner against Fulham

But even when Ben Arfa was playing well and winning games for Newcastle, Alan Pardew was clear that Ben Arfa’s biggest challenge in his game is to become consistent.

The manager tuned out to be right, but the good news is that Alan said after the 2-1 win at Cardiff yesterday, the French winger took the news of his being benched with maturity, and did not complain or sulk.

We know the 26 year-old would love to become a Newcastle legend and return to St. James in the years ahead, and be welcomed back like the former greats were welcomed back for Steve Harper’s testimonial.

It wasn’t by accident that Ben Arfa was at the game, and soaked in the atmosphere of an electric St. James’ Park.

World class players are consistent, and Ben Arfa can look to Lionel Messi as an example of a player who has world-class skills and ability, but still works his tail off for his team.

That’s exactly what Alan Pardew is telling Ben Arfa to do, and if he heeds that advice there’s no reason why Ben Arfa cannot become a much better player than he is right now, and he’s already improved his game since he arrived on Tyneside three years ago from Marseilles.

The 26 year-old has also matured on Tyneside, and that will help.

Alan Pardew wants to see the Frenchman keep improving his game, and we also think that’s exactly what Ben Arfa wants to do – and why there’s no friction between manager and player.

What do you think?

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10 comments so far

  • Slank

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1


    What pleased me was the attitude and commitment from the kick-off. They really got stuck in and had Cardiff on the back foot from the off and kept the pressure on right up to half time. Cardiff came out fighting which wasn’t a surprise as it often happens in games (eg Everton second half) but the lads remained firm and resolute.

    I was also pleased with Pardew deservedly dropping Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa as both were rubbish against Everton. I had hoped Anita would play. It looks increasingly likely that it’s either him or Sissoko to partner Tiote and Cabaye both of whom were excellent.

    Mike Williamson deserves a lot of praise as he looked solid and nearly always won the high balls. Colo looked more comfortable alongside him than with Yanga-Mbiwa. Although Debuchy isn’t the greatest fullback at defending what I’ve noticed over the weeks is that he never shirks a challenge. He takes a lot of punishment but always gets up. Krul and Santon were OK. Cisse worked hard as did Goofy who is getting better with each game. Remy was what we all knew a natural goal scorer. I bet his transfer figure is going up in tandem with his goals scored.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    tequilamag…not according to JFK!

  • Slank

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t expect Ben Arfa to always track back and definitely not tackle an opponent but I do expect him to show commitment.

    Against Everton he looked like he wasn’t too bothered. I wonder whether that was because he was told to play on the left. The right side is his most effective side. However, everyone, not least opponents, knows that he likes to come inside but it’s down to the coaching staff to devise tactics that can exploit that.

    He has matured and Pardew deserves a lot of credit for the way he has handled him. Ben Arfa doesn’t need a kick in the pants. He needs love and affection.

  • tequilamag

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry Jesp, not sure what your referring to re JFK. Do yo have a link. The article I posted said Newcastle were not publicising a deal was agreed but that it had been agreed when the loan deahave was organised. Remember Remy still has a rape allegation hanging over him. The CPS have still not made a decision whether it goes to trial.. Under those circumstances Newcastle have made a logical decision tp take a loan deal.

  • bills-son

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    One of the big differences yesterday was the protection Remy and especially Goofy gave to the full backs. They not only chased back but also closed defenders down. That allowed Cabaye, Tiote and Sissoko to hold their positions in CM and give the back four decent protection when Cardiff had the ball.The team looked far more composed and organised than we did in the Villa away win and but for Willo’s mistake – who otherwise was superb – we would have won the game with ease.Pardew has a big decision for the Lpool game – does he keep the same team or bring HBA back. The problem with HBA is that he can be a match winner or a match loser – whichever wing he plays on he offers absolutely no protection to the FB and that has a big impact on the shape of the team.If he plays I’d be tempted to try him through the middle in a free role in place of Cisse.


    Oct 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #6

    A deal needs to be done quick to sign Remy on a Permanent contract, and before January comes around!

    QPR are joint top of the Championship with a game in hand, and look like being promoted at the first ask, after one year.

    Remy is still a QPR player and with him banging in goals for fun you can take bets that he will be on his way back to London at seasons end unless a deal is done ! There have been reports that Harry aint interested in getting the player back? but i just do not belive that for one minute?

    Finbogasson from Heerenveen would be a good addition to the squad too and would,nt cost too much? But, the way we do things it won,t happen and the player will end up being snapped up by someone else. Just like Boney, van Wolfswinkel, Jermaine Lens, PEA, need i continue, the list is endless !
    Boney does,nt appear to be setting the world alight at Swansea though, does he?

  • lesh

    Oct 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    jesperfuglsang, tequila.

    Yes we have the loan deal in place but there’s nothing to stop the terms of a permanent move being firmed up for signing as soon as he free of the risk of legal action over the charges hanging over his head.

    Now if Kinnear poxes this one up, he really has to go.

  • dcdick

    Oct 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Well ………….what’s going on here then ? Pardew devising a tactic/game plan that worked. Is it a fluke …………..?

    Cardif were there for the taking but it was good to see a NUFC team playing away that didn’t have any “hiders” strolling around the pitch.

    This game doesn’t change my opinion though

    Pardew out !!!

  • ronjohno

    Oct 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Not that I know anything about football except in watching my team NUFC I wonder if it might be an idea to just give Ben Arfa “free reign” to operate wherever HE feels he would be most effective. That way he markers would not be able to line up in threes and fours as they did when we played Hull.

  • Toon_fan_in_Oz

    Oct 7, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Bills-son…I agree with trying Ben Arfa in place of Cisse in the false 9 role similar to the role Messi has. I think his hold up play would be better than Cisse and he can drop back into midfield and create the extra man. Both him and Cabaye can then thread balls through into the space created to the pacey Remy and Gouffran. Pardew played him in this position once last season in the Europa so it’s an option I think he must be considering as he knows the fans want him in the team and is such an asset it played correctly and not in a position to be a liability (right midfield!)


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