Newcastle Player – I’ll Play Anywhere – Will Always Give 100%

Ben Arfa is having trouble getting a start at Newcastle these days, with Alan Pardew preferring players like Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy on the wings, who work hard and track back for the side, something that isn’t one of Ben Arfa’s strong points.

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Ben Arfa – willing to play anywhere

Ben Arfa has been interviewed in the local press today: 

“I’ll play anywhere on the pitch if the gaffer thinks it’s best for the team.” “I’ll give 100% anywhere he puts me. I’ll play anywhere – just not goalkeeper!”

“I’m a professional football player – I have to give everything on the pitch.” “It is the same for all the players.”

We don’t think there’s much chance of Ben Arfa starting against Norwich on Saturday afternoon, since Alan Pardew will be relying on the players who have won the last two games against Chelsea and Tottenham, at least for the starting eleven.

But the Frenchman could be used in the second half on Saturday, depending on the state of the game.

And apparently the French star has been told there is still a way back for him into the France squad under Didier Deschamps, his former manager at Marseilles, but that depends on his form for Newcastle.

So Ben Arfa has every reason to want to play (very) well for Newcastle, if he has any chance of making his first World Cup next summer in Brazil, and that cannot be bad.

And it’s clear the 26 year-old has matured since he arrived in Tyneside just over three years ago from Marseilles.

What do you think?

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11 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Nov 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #1

    He needs to learn when to pass

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Needs to start scoring ten goals a season and to do that he needs to start playing well enough in training to warrant a start.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #3

    I still think he should have Shola’s place in the team and play behind Remy as a number 10 .

    He has the ability to win a game in an instant which is something Shola does once in a blue moon .

  • Mark

    Nov 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    should be taking Sissoko’s place
    Remy——-Ben Arfa——Grouffran

    Sissoko’s runs around like a headless chicken at times and doesn’t know what to do. Push Gouffran up front with Remy and Ben Arfa, Sissoko in with Tiote and Cabaye in the hole for Plan B.

  • martoon

    Nov 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Big Pappa Cissé @3 – I disagree – the way Shola holds the ball up is invaluable. At Spurs when he went off we had no out ball and that’s when they started to pile the pressure on.

  • mickg108

    Nov 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s been here long enough,to realise whats needed of him..France qualify,without him & suddenly it dawns on him,World Cup,must up my game.
    Actions speak Louder than Words Hatem,,hence “The Bel’ Dor”,,is currently “The Bellen’Dor”..

  • mickg108

    Nov 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #7

    On Sissoko,,seems Very Coincidental,,Debuchy is starting to look,like the Player I thought we had signed,especially in the last 2 Games,,Sissoko has replaced Ben Arfa..Coincidental or what.
    Pards,,hasn’t worked out his best position,,& it’s not Wing Back,,then again neither is HBAs,,but Sissoko,will track back & gives Defensive Heading cover @ Corners & Free Kicks..Youtube Sissoko Witchcraft..

  • GeordieDan

    Nov 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, what the hell have you agreed to for advertising on this blog????

    Everytime I try to access any page now I get bombarded with spam adverts-literally 5 or 6 per view of each page and even worse it starts auto-downloading files without me even clicking anything-particularly something called Mobo Genie when visit on my mobile!

    I’ve been coming on here since the beginning and rarely post these days coz I get sick of all the pathetic squabbling that goes on but I will definitely stop even looking on here unless you do something about these ads!

    You get less crap from dodgy porn sites! Its shocking.

  • AmericanGeordie

    Nov 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #9

    We should typically line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, like this up front and through the middle:

    Gouffran-Ben Arfa-Sissoko

  • AmericanGeordie

    Nov 20, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #10

    2nd Team:

    As you can see, contrary to Ed’s assertions, where we need to improve our squad’s quality is on the wings. (That’s assuming Marveaux & Ben Arfa are played through the iddle in their natural #10 positions so they are free to create and support the lone striker, and Jonas is fielded as a holding midfielder, which is his best spot at this point in his career.)

  • RedMissionBells

    Nov 21, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Hi everyone,

    In my opinion, this is our best team.


    Debuchy Williamson M’Biwa Santon

    Cabaye Tiote Sissoko

    Arfa Remy Gouffran


    Decent looking sub bench.


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