This Player The One To Unlock The Palace Defense

Hatem Ben Arfa is likely to be fit for the game at home on Saturday against Crystal Palace, and if we are climb the league table it’s a game we should be winning, but that was also true for our game at bottom of the league Fulham last Saturday afternoon, when we were pretty dismal and gave the Cottagers their first win in ten games. 🙁

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Ben Arfa – we want to see more of this from the Frenchman

Ben Arfa’s been struggling with a groin problem since the disastrous 4-0 home defeat by Tottenham, when manager Alan Pardew called out both Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux after the game for their lack of effort.

The French International is expected to return to full training this week, and this lad is still a match winner, and maybe just the player we need to open up the Crystal Palace defense on Saturday.

We have to hope that Ben Arfa comes through training this week with no ill effects, and while we don’t expect him to start the game, he could be a major player for us in the second half, especially if we are again powder puff in front of goal.

It would be a great time for Ben Arfa to show he can still get the job done at Newcastle, while top stars Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy are sidelined by injury.

Ben Arfa has played 25 times this season with 3 goals and 7 assists, and we really hope he can to those stats on Saturday – maybe even with a goal.

Newcastle need a win on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

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20 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #1


    You’re dead right! Especially on this blog!

  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    TDS the blog is serving a very good purpose, it allows fans a medium to vent anger and frustration and complain when things are not to good at the club. It also brings together people through opinion and debate, some even choose to meet up and become friends. I like this blog, and all of the people no matter what my opinion of some of them may be. But most of all, I like to complain 😀

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3


    99/100 people will always want more than they have, in any aspect of life, just our nature.

    I think we were very short of genuine wide men this year, have players like gouffran and sissoko out there as first choice, one is a striker the other a DM/CM.

    I wasn’t too bothered about the team this year, thought it was ok, but losing 3 strikers in the summer and cabaye in jan, plus talks of debuchy, colo and ben arfa leaving means there will be a lot of building needed to be done in the summer.

    Personally think we will get 4 players in, enough to keep us at our current level but not progress.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    HBA will prob get about 15-20 as usual and then get slated as usual! Both by us fans and pardspew! Joke in my opinion lads n lasses

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5


    we need 4 players as things stand.

    4 Players NET need to be added not gross

  • beermonkey

    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6

    cisse will start against palace and goofy sissoko will start as the wide men

    pardew only ever makes forced changes so there is nothing to suggest this match will be any different

    we can all pick the team once we know who is injured

    benny will be sub no more

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7


    I agree, said that yesterday myself.

    I think after the gamble ashley took last year which nearly sent us down, and having to spend 20mil in jan, i can’t see him taking such a big risk again.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    I bet SD stores aren’t understaffed, they’ll have the right amount of staff to maximise the profits, people on zero hour contracts will be sent home when it’s quiet and the most vunerable called back from the homes when an unexpected family of four walk into a store.

  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Every player we get rid of should be replaced with another who is better, and then add four or five to the first team.

    Ah well just for a fleeting moment I envisaged a team to compete for Europe there.

    That is what needs to happen, what ill happen is maybe 2 or 3 players in. We will fill in with the kids and see where we are in January.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #10

    What do you mean you can’t see him taking such a risk again, he’s hired JfK twice, after the disaster that was last season he’s gone two windows without strengthening, he’s got away with it this year, the man is a complete idiot where football is concerned, you of all people should know the limitlessness of his idiocy.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #11

    With the WC it will be especially tough.

    Without a DOF/MD it will be tough

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #12

    AVB taken the job at Zenit, big surprise there
    His first question at every club must be is my transfer budget over £100 million!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m not even sure players will come in, I’m sure Shola will be given another year on peanuts, Good will replace Collo and another striker will come in on loan, we might get that Cabella or other young French kid after a protracted saga, if we don’t get him, they’ll have shifted the goal posts, we’ll see how we’re doing in January, if looking good we might even be able to offload Tiote, if not the signings that should have been made in the summer will arrive which will result in a barren summer as we done all our business in January, big spoon fulls of lies and deceit.

  • phatt knacker

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Benny has been very disapointing. I expect alot more from him as he has the talent to really take this club forward to the next level. So the question is whos to blame????
    A border line average manager who cant use him properly in his system?
    A rich playboy happy to pick up wages with minimal effort?
    Or a club whos lack of ambition rubs off on the players?
    I think its a mixture of all three!

  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Pretty much echoing my own thoughts. It seems that each transfer window we are told we did not buy because the market is not right in that window, but we will get the players we want in the next one. Each window is the same old story, and the club think the fans are unfair when we kick up a fuss about it.

    The club is run by morons, and lead by the king moron, who all seem to think we will just sit back and keep taking this awful bull.

    If fans stopped going to game King moron would use cardboard cut outs and crowed recordings to hide his failure.

    In the end we cannot win so we just get swept along in a sea of no information or lies without direction.

    Oh the joy of supporting our beloved Newcastle.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Ben Arfa should be starting week in week out whenever fit. He’s our best player we are being extremely foolish leaving him out. It’s as simple as that!

    If he doesn’t track back much which is not part of his game anyway then just make the fullback and perhaps a midfielder ie. Tiote cover more in that area when he bombs forward.

    He’s never had a proper run in the team, and that treatment of out most influential player with sublime skill is just retarded.

    If he leaves I will be gutted and considered a major mistake by Pardew.

  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #17

    JP…from The Rock

    Your right Benny should have more playing time, and if he was used in the hole just behind the striker so he could play right left and centre he would not need to track back. He has the ability to unlock any defence, my problem with him is he does not pass enough and tries to do everything himself. He needs to be more aware of where our players are around him, and maybe look for some one two plays in and around the box.

  • mindshaft

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    HBA has had loads of chances, he can look fantastic but he makes so many mistakes

  • Spitfire

    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Walked through SJP yesterday, passed the Sir Bobby stature and remembered how proud he was on the club and the stadium. I remember reading an article once where he ws showing a journalist ( I think ) around the stadium and he was telling this guy that everything was quality – even the doors were oak not plywood. Just made me think how nothing about NUFC is quality now. We are a Poundstretcher type of club playing spreadsheet football, Sir Bobby must be spinning at 1000 revs per second in his grave.

  • Sav

    Mar 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Yup, I imagine we’ve only those hanging rubber flaps now, like the stock-room at a giant SD warehouse where once stood doors of oak…(ahem)


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