Newcastle Face Big Decision On Ben Arfa This Summer


Ben Arfa has been at Newcastle now for three and a half years, and come this summer he will have one year left on the four and a half year Newcastle contract he signed while still injured with that double leg fracture in early January of 2011, and Newcastle will have a decision to make on the player.

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Hatem Ben Arfa – Newcastle have decision to make

Newcastle will not allow Ben Arfa to run his contract down and become a free agent in July of 2015, and so the club will have to decide whether to offer the 26 year-old French winger an extension to his contract, or else try to sell him in the summer, before his value in the transfer market starts to decline over the last year of his contract.

Ben Arfa is and will always will be a match winner, and if he is sold there will be an awful lot of Newcastle fans not happy – if indeed that decision is made.

Ben Arfa has a decent record on Tyneside, and he’s appeared 78 times for Newcastle with 14 goals and 19 assists – and he should be given a chance to fill that withdrawn striker role,  now that Yohan Cabaye has left.

Certainly Ben Arfa has all the skill in the world, and you would expect that if he gets a chance in the middle, he will be able to hit the back of the net.

Newcastle fans love to have players like Ben Arfa in the side, and let’s tell the truth – it is players like Ben Arfa who get fans to go to the games.

And to his credit, Ben Arfa has matured a lot since he arrived on Tyneside, and it must have been frustrating for the 26 year-old to be on the sidelines most of the season.

We hope he gets his chance in the final 15 games of this season, and we’ll just have to wait until the summer to see what Newcastle will do.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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451 comments so far

  • SharpEnough23

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #1

    No deadlines day news then?,…..surprising

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, you know Benny has a big decision to make as well. Surely he doesn’t want to sit on our bench.

    …I don’t see this one ending well for (either)

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #3

    The next season will be very very difficult. There is no way in the summer to buy at least 2 first choise strikers and one youngster, Cabaye’s replacement, a proper winger and to sort out Benny’s contract… and also to “resist” to some bids…

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #4

    I think a better manager may be able to fulfill Arfa potential. But he’s alrdy 26 and has very bad decision making. Doubt he’ll improve so much, which is why no top clubs want him.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5

    I love Ben Arfa, always uplifting when his name is on the teamsheet, I think it is the fact that Pardew can be clueless but at least we have one individual who can produce a moment of magic by himself, he has his issues (fat) and needs to sort himself out before its too late and he has wasted his gift.

    Pardew doesn’t help him for me, but hes maybe an absolute nightmare to manage and motivate.

    He is an enigma Benny Boy, shame he cant work on his fitness he could be really special.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope you guys going to the game this weekend gives them all hell!

    …we are a voice and should be heard!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #7

    I remember when Kinnears son died of cancer and he came out essentially trying to make the public feel sorry for him.

    Total scum

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  • SharpEnough23

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Unnamed pl club bid for Wes hoolahan….

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Ben3Arfa – that is some seriously poisonous shit you are coming out with, totally out of order.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Berbatov coming????

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  • DokToon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #11

    you all think its bad for you? match is on here at 6am…. and my son has a friendly at 11… 🙂

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #12

    SholaHeskey

    Thanks. I don’t trust what these sites would do to my laptop, and as I use it for work too, I won’t risk it. Not sure how many pubs around where I live would risk the dodgy satellite for this match either…and doubt there’s any easy way to fund out.

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  • SholaHeskey

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #13

    play him for the rest of the season and he will either win us games or lose us games but we will know where to go from there…make him play the whole 90 and in training make him run with 20kg on his back. job done

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14

    As far as im concerned Lee Charnley is pretty much the main man to get transfers in, its Carr, Joe and Parsnip to agree the players.

    Its funny how Mike gets the plaudits last January for signing 5 players and pretty much Joe gets hammered for no signings in the summer and now. It all rests with the Fat Man, nobody else. Its his money.

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  • DokToon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #15

    shola,

    also tell him croissaints are fattening, and ease up on the escargo…

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #16

    We’re saved mates. Our savior Dekka has been spotted at the training ground. Latest quotes:
    “What the f**k has Joe been up to then? Where is that pinhead anyway? Right, then I’ll put in a quick bid for Bryan Ruiz!”

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #17

    More exciting news from Llambykins:
    “Right then I’ve just begun to sort things. I’ve got Shola signed to a 10 year extension, I’m renegotiating Obertan’s contract and Gosling is our AMF of the future. Everything is back under control.”

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  • SholaHeskey

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #18

    TDS, thats true with the hassle you had on here last thing you want is a virus on work equipment. just read the bbc commentary..not live as such but get to find out the action a with a minute or two delay (i did that for the norwich game)

    normally pubs have it on blackboards but if you’re from/are down south i dont suppose its top priority to the locals (our game that is) and may not be on.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Joe is just the fall guy who bleeds the club of a salary for doing f#ck all.

    He’s not that bad, I mean I don’t think I would turn that job down, sounds cool.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Does anybody have Messi’s private number? Joe is going to put in a quick derisory bid. But the helicopter is available. Talk about first class treatment.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #21

    To the last comment directed at me can’t rememebr who it was.

    Yes he is 31 and probably an arse hole but he is a decent player and what other option do we have? I bet you slot hoolahan in behind De jong and Remy and he will be class..Time is running out and I hope wer’e signing him because we need a CAM and there is no chance were gona sign a Cabella or Griener so I hope we get him even on loan to the end of the season.

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  • SholaHeskey

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Dok, he’s been told – i think there is a language barrier and if you’re american you surely have a way to record tv – get the match recorded and watch it after juniors match – and get some beers in!

    🙂

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #23

    They just said a un named Premier League club has made a fourth bid for him. I duno I just have a gut feeling it’s us.

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  • lesh

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Might as well sell Ben Arfa as well and that along with the others who’ll be away’ll mean a near total rebuild. We all saw what happened when Sunderland brought in a boat load of new faces.

    Will they have all the new faces lined up and ready to sign as soon as the summer window opens? Fat chance and Pardew’ll have a bloody difficult job on his hands.

    Kinnear, Director of Football? I’m sure if Ashley were honest *harumph*, even he’d admit he bought a pup having been taken in by Kinnear’s flannel after a few pints.

    Ashley really ought to persuade Kinnear now that his health or something’s suffering and go now for his own good. Kinnear’s performance may just (nay should) encourage him to get someone in who knows the ins and out of the business of football in 2014.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Some very welcome words from Joe to calm us in our hour of need:
    “What the f**k are those Geordie wankers on about now? They couldn’t find their ****holes with a mirror and a set of binoculars. I’m out here working me fingers to the bone for them and all they can do is whinge.”

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #26

    SholaHeskey

    Exactly. Not from down south but live in Surrey now so don’t fancy my chances of watching it sadly…maybe it will be on the radio though. Otherwise, yeah, it’s live text commentary. Not ideal but I’m still grateful to have it!

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  • SholaHeskey

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Kevymartins..satisfactory reply (to me) you fly the chopper as joe’s had a drink and ill keep him entertained with etch-a-sketch and match magazine. right where does wes hoolahan live..

    Geordie Two – Messi’s mobile is 0774noballondor

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  • toonicle

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #28

    He should have been playing in that withdrawn striker role this season even with Cabaye in the side.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Its a tricky thing to speculate on Hatem now though. It looks like he will start getting a run of games together. Pardew will also have to swap things a bitnow Cabs is no more and Remy is out for 3 games, and in truth De Jong needs to displace him anyway as his loan term is up in summer so building a team round him would be pointless. With an option on De Jong and you never know Benny Sissoko Anita and Gouffran gelling with him it could all be completely different in summer, on the other hand it may very well be worse tha we thought. Looks like we have no choice but to wait and see. Again. Thanks Fat Man.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #30

    You’re right Ed I was over the top with that one. Sorry.

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  • roblee7

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Anyone know any bars / pubs in Newcastle that’ll be showing the match? I know Idols used to show every match, no sure if they still do? It’s a dump I know, but only place I known of in town that used to show literally every game one way or another

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  • SholaHeskey

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Kevymartins – but why would hoots do us a favour after MA’s treatment of him? ill put the etch-a-sketch away

    TDS – yeah surrey is a bit out of the tyne and wear catchment area really – bbc sport it might have to be..i land an hour before kick off so ill be running to the hotel to read the bbc commentary too!

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  • Belfast

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Well ashley and monkeys think your legs fall of at 28, so I doubt it’s us in for Hollahan. Decent player though.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #34

    the man in the moon

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Ta Shola @26. Right then that’s him signed up. Can he play AMF? I certainly hope so. And his dad is his agent so he won’t want much of a fee either. Beautiful.

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  • damma99

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Kirtsy Gallagher reminds me of Wallace, of Grommit fame. Any signs of a player coming in. No. Ok. Anybody got Mikes phone number.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #37

    @Roblee Number 9 (Shearers) is and so is City vaults with the magpie ranger there.

    GO LEFT GO LEFT.

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  • SholaHeskey

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #38

    roblee – i know lolas bar are putting free bacon butties on before the match (read it on facebook) but i dont know if theyre showing it or where lolas bar is..worth a try..get a buttie if nowt else. the townhouse in whitley bay normally has it own if your over the coast way and one of the lads i worked/will be working with plays cricket for low fell and they get all the matches, townhouse and low fell cricket club are the best bet i know – google them and ring them beforehand to save a wasted trip – hope it helps

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #39

    If anyones got Mikes email addy could they drop him a line and let him know Cattermole hasnt gone to Stoke yet, could be available for very little money.

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  • DokToon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #40

    shola.,

    i usually record them,,, if we get a win… ill watch it with beer goggles again… then we”ll have won two derbies in a row, just like a new signing lol…

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