Newcastle Winger Still Positive And Full Of Confidence

After going out to Manchester City in the League Cup (Capital One Cup) on Wednesday night, it seems an odd time for a player to come out and say we want to win something for the fans, but that’s exactly what Hatem Ben Arfa has said in the local press today.

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Ben Arfa – wants to win something for fans

Newcastle fans are not particularly in good spirits at the moment, but it’s very true that a win against Chelsea would be a fantastic result for the club, but we don’t think we have much chance of that happening against an in-form Chelsea side,

This is what Ben Arfa said today:

“We want to win something for the fans.” “That’s why we’re frustrated. In our minds, we want to win something.” “For a long time they have had nothing (note: 44 years worth of nothing).”  ” I hope we will play to win the FA Cup.”

“The most important thing now is the league, and I think we can be high in the table at the end of the season.” “I hope we play like that against Chelsea.” “If we play like that, we have a chance.”

“We’re disappointed. I think we played well.” “We had a lot of chances, but we didn’t score.” “If you have chances against that team, you have to score, because we they can score any time.”

“It was just a goal missing.”  “David Silva had a massive impact when he came on.” “He’s a great player – he has very good technique.”

We don’t mean to criticise Ben Arfa, because he’s a good lad and sincere too, but there comes a time when actions speak louder than words, and what the Newcastle team need to do their talking on the pitch.

80% of fans thought we’d lose against City on Wednesday night, and currently 70% think we’ll lose against Chelsea tomorrow.

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So we suppose there’s a little more hope against Chelsea tomorrow, but Newcastle would need to play at or near our very best to win the game.

And as far as winning something goes, I’ve already come to terms that will not happen again in my lifetime, and at least I was at St. James’ Park when we won the  Inter Cities Fairs Cup back in May of 1969, with Bobby Moncure leading the side.

But there again, you never quite know with Newcastle do you? 😀

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • elpaso_geordie

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Delusional is the word i’d use

  • Our Toon

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2



    What was the fact that was pointed out? I’m confused….We all know Sissoko hasn’t played well but the reasons are clear as day my friend! Any player played out of position will not perform week in week out, same happened with Rooney at Man Utd, now he plays where he does his best work and is flourishing (shame his manager is negative and defensive)

  • Graeme

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    I was also there in 1969 Ed, what a night – followed by 2 losing Finals at Wembley.

    With NUFC now only competeing to stay in the Premier League and using the cups for the reserves etc I doubt my son will ever get the pleasure of seeing the TOON at Wembley. Still, he is not quite 21 so has another 50 years or so to see if we can change that!!

  • Ciaran

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    God forbid you clamber off the fence and write about what is happening. Ashley is banning every man and his dog and I am reading about how Ben Arfa still has his confidence?

    Christ on a cracker, I give up.

  • JackButler

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Alan Pardew has vowed to stick with Moussa Sissoko through “thick and thin” even if the under-performing midfielder has struggled to hit the heights he reached in the early stages of his St James’ Park career (Echo)

  • fatman

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Seems the clubs declared war on the fans all’s they want is cardboard cut outs that like Ashley or no less than he does about football.

  • JackButler

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Scott Wilson ?@Scottwilsonecho 44s
    Fans’ group Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust barred from attending fans’ forum. I’m not even sure you could make this up any more… #NUFC

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    ” I hope we will play to win the FA Cup.”
    Surely your not suggesting the cup wasn’t a priority are you benny!

  • Ciaran

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9


    Let’s see you spin this one? Don’t think you can accuse NUST of being a “tin-pot” organisation. They also have a pretty sizeable mandate as far as the fans are concerned. They also had no part to play in the recent protest marches other than to give their backing to it. So why exactly have they been banned by the club?

    The club has been rattled by a ‘few hundred marchers’ and they are losing their grip on the situation. I would be enjoying this if it wasn’t making our club look stupid.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Wolfshead, Heres some facts for you:

    Cisse started like a house on fire 13 goals in 14 games, following season abandoned the formation that took us to fifth and put Cisse on the wing, Ben Afra fantastic going forward but doesn’t like the defensive side of the game, when he wins us games he is the best player ever, when he doesn’t track back or we lose a game Ben Arfa is to blame (lost count on how many times that guy has go pards out of jail) Cisse has ball lumped towards his head for 95% of last season, not playing to his strengths. Cabaye had a shocker last season, probably because we insisted on playing hoof ball and by-passed the Midfield, Sissoko bought as a DM or Central midfielder, but is played behind the striker or on the wing. Tiote was one of the best DM in the league, he got slated by Pards for picking up to many yellows and urged to control that side of his game (after first season with pards) has to be the reason for the dip in his form, tackle risk a yellow and no doubt a manager that will lose his cool with him, now he tackles tentatively (unless he has captains armband) These are just a few examples and all the blame lies firmly at Pards feet!!

  • JackButler

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11


    The fans are not allowed to have a voice, infact no one is allowed to have a voice, Ashley wants everything his own way with no one able to question hat he does

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Ciaran…I think, somewhat luckily, most people have realised that this isn’t about “our club” and it’s Ashley that is ultimately looking stupid.

  • RONNIE147

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Fatman, Aye cardboard cut outs with Sports Direct on them!

  • Partizan

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    “I hope we play like that against Chelsea.” “If we play like that, we have a chance.”

    Benny Benny,,,better don’t hope at all in that case, cos if you play the same way like with City you gonna get demolished pure and simple.
    City was playing only how much they needed to,,they were not running,not tackling like their life depending on it,,they played smart and when they finally decided its time to score,it took them less than 5 minutes to do so.

    Benny….Chelsea is no City,,they will come with their strongest line up,and they will attack you without any mercy.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m happy with his comments, he seems to be the only one I can think of who has anything positive to say, no matter what goes on this guy seems to be immune from all the BS and stays positive. Deluded yes he probably is but we want to hear the players thinking we can win, imagine if he came out and said “oh well we will lose again”

  • BandB

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #16


    Ed has his style.
    His blog still seems to attract more comments than others with perhaps a broader range of topics. It seems to serve him well.
    The comments don’t always bear much relation to his articles, and plenty of debate goes on.
    You wouldn’t want to rely on it for your informed digest of all the latest news. But it is a barometer of a wide range of opinions, and as such it adds to the choice, as your own blog does.

    TDS seems to believe all dissent beyond his own narrow list of minor gripes is tinpot. But to be fair to him, he does have SOME gripes.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Will Benny not be banned from the stadium for suggesting he wants to win a cup?

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #18


    The way he is banning the fans and journos makes it more clear in my mind that houghton, Nolan, Barton, etc were all let go for political and not footballing reasons.

  • JackButler

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19


    It’s all political under Ashley, it’s tow the line or get out of the club and thats why Pardew will have a job for life under him

  • fatman

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #20

    this pdf is to make your own Ashley devil puppet

    the second just a lovely picture of Kinnear

    3rd file an earth worm Alan puppet pdf just cut round them then stick them on something more rigid or encapsulate them.

  • dcdick

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Pardew out !!!

  • true toon

    Nov 2, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #22

    We are shite and we know it


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