Ben Arfa Must Have Starting Role At Southampton

Newcastle showed again how weak we are in attack on Tuesday night, and it wasn’t until Ben Arfa came on as a sub – again after the hour mark – that Newcastle threatened Everton to any great degree.

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Ben Arfa – Newcastle threaten when this lad plays

Former top Newcastle midfielder Nobby Solano has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he thinks Ben Arfa makes a difference when he plays in the side, and he’s right there:

“Hatem Ben Arfa is Newcastle’s most creative player and he does make the difference.”  “It would have been good to see him on from the start against Everton.”

“If Newcastle can start getting him on the ball more and releasing him into that final third, he can really hurt teams.”

“When I played under Bobby Robson that’s what we tried to do.”  “We’d have Alan Shearer as the main man up front but myself Kieron Dyer and Craig Bellamy would look to work one-twos as often as we could.”

“We wanted to work the ball into the box and move quicker up the field.”  “Hopefully we can see more of Hatem in the next few games.”

Maybe this is the side that can start on Saturday at St. Mary’s:

Yanga-Mbia Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Anita Tiote Gouffran
Ben Arfa

That would mean starting Luuk de Jong on the bench, and Ben Arfa coming into the side in the middle of the park and be given a fairly free role.

And Davide Santon may be available for the game, but we cannot see him dislodging local lad Paul Dummett at left back.

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9 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Mar 27, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Ben arfa should start every game until the end of the season, move sissoko central and anita the bench or maybe right back as mbiwa is struggling there.

    Keep de jong and cisse up top they seem to have signs of decent partnership forming, obviously lacking the goals st the moment. Armstrong ease in off the bench for twenty mins

  • valle

    Mar 27, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Impossible to have a comversation… You really should change how the forum works Ed so that discussions dont get ripped apart every time you put up a new thread.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    valle, I hear you,
    REPOST:I was listening the mackem’s ‘Benno’ last night and despite his seriously annoying voice he actually had something interesting to say for the first time about team morale when an out of form player is continually picked despite his woeful performances, I kept saying that year that when Willo kept getting picked because there was nobody better it was affecting his performance as no matter how poorly he played he knew his name was on the team sheet, what a difference a bit of competition has made this season, according to the mackem last night the rest of the team suffer as well as they start thinking ffs, what chance have we got if so and so is keep playing and the rot sets in, this is the danger of only having one ‘purple’ per position.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 27, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m not a huge a ben arfa fan, think his quality is good but not consistent…however we don’t have anyone who is consistently good, plenty inconsistent and some consistently bad.

    Lets just get a him in the game as he seems to be the best at creating and let sissoko run in the middle.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #5

    If he was as consistently good as he can be, he would have been sold already !

  • francesco-hba

    Mar 27, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    why Dummett take all the free-kicks and corners??

  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Valle. Why should dialogue stop when a new thread appears?

    There’s no rule that says posters must break off conversation – surely it can continue on the thread it started on?

  • mindcompressor

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    definitely we need some changes in line-up, not only on position, but personal changes. i think it is last call for youngsters to try a bit. i would try it like:


    i think it cannot be worse. i don’t believe we can win with soton using the same squad, without any tactic and winning attitude…

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Mar 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #9

    can we all agree remy and colo should not see another game? THey are GONE at the end of the year, lets mym a run of games at cb w/ wilo


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