Ben Arfa’s Time Running Out – 12 Games To Earn New Deal?


It seems that quite a few players could leave Newcastle in the summer, and one of those – as we pointed our earlier today – could even be Hatem Ben Arfa.

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Ben Arfa – we need to see more of this from the mercurial one

Newcastle have a decision to make on the French International, because in June of next year he will become a free agent,  and if Newcastle don’t want to lose him for nothing next year they could try to cash in on the 26 year-old in the summer, or sign him up on  a  new contract.

Ben Arfa doesn’t seem to have a role in the Newcastle side under Alan Pardew, and he has a tendency to dribble the ball out of defense, as he continually did in the first half at Chelsea, and got caught in possession and put Newcastle in danger.

And the Daily Star today is reporting that Ben Arfa could be sold in the summer, and it’s been revealed after the game on Wednesday night against Tottenham, the Newcastle manager  Alan Pardew ripped into the 26 year-old in the dressing room for his abysmal work rate, after he came on as a sub in that disastrous defeat.

And Sylvain Marveaux, another Frenchman, received the same treatment from the furious Newcastle manager and will almost definitely be sold this summer.

Ben Arfa cost around £5M from Marseilles, and Newcastle could easily get their money back on the player and more, since some top clubs would be interested in taking the mercurial one, and for all his faults in his own half of the field, this lad has been blessed with terrific skills and he is a match winner.

He is also one of the most popular players at the club, and he is simply adored by  a large portion of Newcastle fans, and to be fair to Hatem, he has matured as a person on Tyneside.

And there is news in France today that he could even join his home town club, and his former team-mate Yohan Cabaye at PSG.

Ben Arfa’s record is a good one on Tyneside, and in 81 appearances he has hit 14 goals, some of them the best ever seen by a Newcastle player, and he also has 19 assists.

There’s still time for Ben Arfa to turn things around at Newcastle with 12 games to go, and we really hope he stays on Tyneside, but he has to earn a new contract by helping Newcastle out of the mess we are in at the moment.

What do you think?

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631 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    12 games to earn a new deal with Pardew at the helm……………………..Good luck with that Benny boy!!!!!!!!

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #2

    ed
    time for votes pal not irrational ideas he is offski

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  • TurkishFan101

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    “In terms of where I am with the players – I have made it clear to them what their responsibility is to the fans and the city.”

    You’ve made it real clear alright, blaming Marvo and Ben Arfa for the defeat because you expect them to do some kind of vodoo magik and score from nothing. Put them on last 15min on Defensive midfield then tell the media that it s all their fault.

    Benching Ben Arfa slowly till the fans can only blame Ben Arfa and forget about him while you try to sell off our flair players and rot them on the bench. Bring back Marveaux from out of sudden air, tell the media that Marveaux/Ben Arfa/Obertan are replacements for Cabaye.

    Fu*k off you tosser, he makes it up as he comes along. Never blames himself or has the courage to come out and say ” I completely got it wrong and will need to do my homework starting from tomorrow for next game”.

    “Those were the days when Pardew’s planning was meticulous, but senior players noticed a change in the manager when they reported back for pre-season training.”

    “Flushed with success, some of the squad felt that he was operating the team by remote control.
    He earned a basic salary of £1m last season, but that was inflated – along with his ego – to £1.6m after their extraordinary success story.”

    Does this ring any bells to fans? Remember the season he finished 5th, and got a massive ego which makes him think hes suddenly the best manager in the world. Then next season sees him nearly get us relegated.

    “After hailing Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez as “world class players” when they signed, he told friends he “wasn’t sure if they are for us” within days of their full debuts in the 1-0 defeat against Palermo in the UEFA Cup.”

    Doesn’t this ring a bell as well, hailing Ben Arfa and even Marveaux as well before then suddenly faults them for the loss of the matches and blames the players.

    “Some of the players were still squabbling among themselves in the dressing room when the manager walked in and told them to “Shut up and listen to what I have to say”.

    Seriously its happening here now, its all over the media after the 0-4 loss to spurs.

    “Pardew vowed to go back to basics the following weekend against Blackburn and it was Teddy Sheringham, who had waited to patiently for his chance on the sidelines, who inspired their first victory since they beat Charlton on the opening day of the season.”

    Finally, this is the most important which I believe out of all of them, confirms his clueless and thinks his own ego of thinking he knows how to manage a team and use tactics effectively has been exposed. He said this same thing after Cabaye got sold and not getting a replacement which he said we were then next day denies he ever said that but he clearly did..

    Here is a quote to prove this which he said earlier this month.

    “I look at the team today and it looks like I’m going to have to draw it back to basics and find a game plan that’s going to work for us,”

    Any pro Pardew fans step forward, expose your mackem cheesy dipped chips.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    the pair make a right good bunch of cnuts

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Turkish

    The truth is rarely plain and never simple as you suggest.
    Good job you’re no pundit.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    same shite different team

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  • nufcalex

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s Pardew’s first signing, he’ll not let him go if he does, I think there will be a riot.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    and his managerial lack of skills has not caused one yet

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  • TurkishFan101

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #9

    @yo-yo

    Your previous post about Cabaye.

    This just proves that Pardew only played the whole team around 1 player, this is a really stupid big mistake. Every player in the team has to be treated fairly. The individual training just for one player in the team without getting the best out of others is clearly there for us to all see.We can see how exposed the whole team is due to Pardew’s negligence of treating Cabaye more superior to hold onto him and make him stay, but it clearly failed. Now the whole team is suffering from determination, motivation which gets the players fired up and make them feel that the manager has trust in the players.

    Clearly its not happening here, the recent outburst of blaming every single player and singling out our flair players Ben Arfa and Marveaux while they are played out of position into defensive midfield roles.

    Seriously fans have to realise this sooner than later so this idiot gets out of our club!

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  • JackButler

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #10

    nufcalex

    Why would there be a riot???

    We’ve sat back and taken everything else Ashley and co has thrown at us so why would losing Benny be any different?

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  • TurkishFan101

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #11

    yo-yo

    Good job I’m no pundit? I have sourced out my information backing them up with points, are you scared that the truth will wake the minority fans up to stop giving in and not be ambitious?

    What do you get out of backing up Pardew? some cash from the cockney?

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  • TurkishFan101

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #12

    JackButler

    Well said “We’ve sat back and taken everything else Ashley and co has thrown at us”.

    Some fans say they are fed up but I continue to witness them going to games, buying pints, pies, burgers you name it. Season tickets still being renewed next season.

    It’s as simple as you said it mate, we just sit back and take it then we complain afterwards.

    Actions speak louder than words.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #13

    the T wat has had nowt from me for nearly 3 years never will again

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  • BuckLuck

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #14

    TurkishFan101@9

    Spot on mate!

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #15

    it has gone from a working mans game to a prawn sandwich money making exercise
    i for 1 want no part of that

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Jesper from last thread

    spot on

    collectivly we will lose more on out players than what it would cost to get rid of pardew,

    and let’s face it , with the amount of long range shots we have, we are due a wonder goal, let’s just hope we can hold onto that one nil lead,

    it bugs the life out me when he comes out and puts all the blame on the players , like he has had no part in the training them , they have done all this on there own,
    at which point will he connect the dots and think , dam this is all my fault, there only following my orders,

    take obertan and shola out of this equation and all the players HAVE gone backwards , even the youth

    like I say , roll on that wonder goal next Sunday , all the muppets will come in and say , there I told you so

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  • JackButler

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Turkish

    I haven’t set foot inside SJP for well over a year and I will not set foot inside there until Ashley has taken his merry band of tosser’s back to where they crawled from.

    As long as people feed the man by filling the stadium, buying anything with NUFC on it he will continue to do what ever the fcuk he like’s.

    Time to take a stand or stop bitching about everything, time to prove we are the best fans around and run this lot out of OUR CLUB.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18

    not muppets merely misguided prawns hypnotised by parclump*

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  • Ciaran

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #19

    The devil we know is better than the devil we don’t? Surely that applies to managers too?

    If people are going to insist on using that ridiculous turn of phrase at least be consistent with it.

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  • mag

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Mackems still in two cups! Sack Pardew and invest heavily fat mike in the squad.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #21

    and the scum go pi55ing on
    get out clueless fcukas

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  • Ciaran

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Sunderland have just made it to the FA Cup quarter final, have a Wembley visit to challenge for silverware and are most likely going to finish 12th/13th this season due to how well they’ve been playing and the crucial home games they have in their run in.

    Would you prefer their season or a 9th place finish (at best it would appear) that we will have?

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  • nufcalex

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    JackButler

    Ben Afra is by far our best player, we just need him to find good form again and build the team around him

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  • JackButler

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #24

    FFS who actually cares what Sunderland do???

    Great they are still in two cup but will most likely be in the championship next season.

    Stop looking at what everyone else is doing and start worrying about us

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #25

    ashley rot in hell

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #26

    they may win one and its us who drop

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  • JackButler

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #27

    nufcalex

    That may be the case, but we have seen two of our best players leave and nothing has happened. Benny will most likely move on in the summer and still nothing would happen

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  • mag

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Spend some money Ashley and peddle the useless Pardew!

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  • TurkishFan101

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #29

    JackButler

    I am with you mate, but our fan base still seems to be separated in the middle, 50/50. The first 50% wants a change, or ambitious targets from the owner confirming he apologises for his mistakes will continue the financial stand but will invest wisely on the team, coaching staff and training ground along with the youth academy.

    The other 50% have been saying give Pardew a chance ever since he got appointed as manager and that its all Mike Ashleys fault for not backing him up, and its all Mike Ashleys fault that a manager cannot get a team motivated for 3 derbies in a row never mind not scoring a single goal and conceding 10? This proves my point I made earlier, check out post 9*. No goals have been scored, and the last one was scored by Cabaye.. Furthemore, they think with investment from Mike Ashley. this 50% thinks Pardew will use the money wisely and buy good players, and finish top 5. Sorry but they are dreaming.

    Oh, and Mike Ashley did give a chance to Pardew to prove his a good manager in spotting talent, when he signed Obertan he praised himself allot, had a bigger ego then the king of England once a upon a time and look what that turned out to be? Obertan is not even in reserves. Mike Ashley clearly does not trust Pardew, thats why he has Graham Carr doing the business.

    And for fans that are wondering, surprisingly, Mike Ashley and Graham Carr are like best of friends. So Graham Carr must have said his opinion on recruiting a new manager and taking a look from bottom to top to sort out the Youth Academy and reserves as well as we clearly cannot get our young prospects to step up.

    This summer will show everything we will want to know. But fans have been warned time over time many times that a change will not happen unless at least 90% of the fans commit and be united to get the owner out.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #30

    nufcalex

    We cannot risk building teams around 1 player anymore! Look what happened with Cabaye, you think concentrating on one player and forgetting others abilities help the team as a TEAM for motivation, courage? The reason we are in this mess is because of Pardew making the whole team rely on one player that being/was Cabaye, now look at the big mess we are in!

    Ben Arfa is a really good player, but the manager is not doing any good criticising him as he was being played out of position and rather than sorting it out privately he goes screaming in the media singling him and Marvo out. I see Ben Arfa being a wonderful number 10 but it wont work under Pardew put it simple as. As well as Marvo as well, they are two brilliant players that look a shadow of themselves now. Look at Cisse as well, Mbiwa.

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  • korky

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Whats the point in guessing whats going to happen with players when the fat Tottenham supporter is in charge.He probably has signed Loic but for spurs.The only way to change things is to keep your money in your pocket and stay away from SJP and the crap they are serving up.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #32

    On another note, you guys must know Remi Gaillard right?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V0Pt-aSPQE

    Poor fish 🙁

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  • firebug666

    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #33

    TurkishFan101

    you do make some very good points, I agree that we are now going backwards, and that none of our players are improving under the current management. It is difficult to ask fans to stay away from what they love, especially as they see loyalty above any regime that might infest St James Park, and attend to support the players on the pitch. There are lots of ways fans inside the ground could show their displeasure with our current state of affairs.

    Banners and scarves could be used to cover the sports direct free advertising, 90 minutes of chanting Pardrew out Ashley out would get TV coverage, Take some food and a drink to the game and buy nothing at half time, or wear an old NUFC shirt from the KK era and boycott anything wonga. Probably loads more too.

    Pardrew needs to be told every single match that he does not know what he is doing, by all the fans for all the match. But the fans must go and support the team.

    Ashley would just wind the club down and out of existence if he gets his way, so in my opinion the fans are needed at the club.

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  • Ciaran

    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #34

    JB

    It’s actually a stark contrast between our supposedly lesser neighbours, whom we so pompously deride as a ‘small club’

    They could realistically have 2 cracking cup runs under their belt as well as staying up in the PL – which I believe they will do.

    Of course it is appropriate to look at what they are doing as a contrast to how poorly we have been doing.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Garbage article after garbage article churned out about our beleaguered club…it’s sad…

    Now our owner and ex-MD are being slated for apparently going out for drinks after we lost to Spurs. So did I! Does that mean I’m not a proper fan?

    I just wish more fans would engage their brains, see things as they really are, and focus their energies on supporting the team and working to improve those areas they genuinely can improve.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #36

    I’m not referring to this article of course! More, the stuff seen in all sorts of publications. NewsNow is full of the crap.

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  • mag

    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #37

    The Mackems haven’t got a gimp managing them,we have a clown who has never won anything as a player or a manager. The joker is employed to amuse his filthy rich gaffer at the supporters expense.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #38

    TDS
    Agreed, apparently the picture that has been shown is from a year ago. And I generally have a drink to drowned my sorrows 😀

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  • mag

    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #39

    @35 you seem to be mirroring news now!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Anyone who seriously thinks that Sunderland are a small club needs to check themselves. Banter is all well and good but they are a big club who should be in the PL. The nice thing is that we’re bigger than that big club… 🙂

    Cup performances are not a reflection of where a club is. Look at Birmingham and Wigan when they won cups…

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