Ben Arfa Career Looks Over At Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa was dragged off last week at half time, along with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, after Newcastle had been decidedly second best in that first 45 minutes at Southampton, and although we were only 1-0 down, the Saints had missed their chances, and it seemed that Alan Pardew was less than impressed with Ben Arfa’s work-rate, and his willingness to track back and help out the Newcastle defense.

juan mata scoring first goal

Juan Mata – scoring first goal yesterday

And as expected yesterday, Ben Arfa was dropped from the starting line-up, but he was brought on after 61 minutes for Luuk de Jong, who once again was ineffective for Newcastle yesterday.

But when the Red Devils scored their third goal four minutes later, when Kagawa cut the ball back from the left for Hernandez to score, assistant manager John Carver was seen having a go at the 27 year-old Frenchman.

We can only assume that he was not doing what he had been told to do, and of course when a team is struggling it’s always difficult to support a will of the wisp type of player like Ben Arfa, and generally you want players who work their socks off for the side, when the team is struggling.

It’s been mentioned before, but it seems the manager and Ben Arfa do not exactly see eye to eye, and therefore Ben Arfa could be sold this summer, before he becomes a free agent next year.

Ben Arfa is a great player on his day, but the signs do not look good,  that he will still be a Newcastle player next season.

If Alan Pardew is still the manager in the summer, expect Ben Arfa to be sold – and as we’ve said before it’s odds on he’ll  join a club playing in the Champions League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Totally wasted by Pards imo

    Benny in an attacking team would be brilliant. I keep wondering how good he would be with KK still here….

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Looks like benny is getting it in the ear off good old John Carver the dinosaur now too! Anyone else think that john’s starting to see things like pardspew? Fcuking disgraceful! if I was benny I’d get the fcuk outta here sharpish, he’s clearly not appreciated by his manager and gets told to defend more than attack and when he fails in defending (which he’s shit at) he gets berated or dropped! Can’t win can he

  • nufcursed

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    instead of selling ben arfa we should get rid of:

    -de jong

    we should only keep:

    -ben arfa

    we need 10 new players at least and a new manager to make progress, otherwise next season will be a relegation battle again

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Mike Snallberries vs. Percy Parsnip & Dino Carver

    Hear no evil, don’t you
    See no evil, don’t you
    Oh, burn in hell
    Lay no evil down on me
    You’re gonna burn in hell
    Speak no evil, don’t you
    Think no evil, don’t you
    Oh, burn in hell
    Play with evil, ’cause i’m free

    …We’re all gonna burn in h@#!

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    If we want hard working wingers who offer NO attacking threat whatsoever and just cover the fullbacks then let’s get Jonas the carthorse back because that’s all pardspew wants them to do and I’ll include goofy in that bracket too! Look what he’s turned into

    Puppets way of thinking I’m afraid people

  • mindcompressor

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    i think that fact that arfa got worse and worse display is the same like other players – no motivation, no faith in that club and manager. we cannot expect that he will be working the same defensive rate as tiote or anita and we cannot expect anita to give level of threat like hatem… what i mean, coaching stuff don’t put faith in him and i think players who can be like virtuoso need support. so everything with arfa, like whole club, is going down. i think that for hatem there are two ways – change of our manager or go to different club where he can expand his wings (like liverpool or arsenal)… it is shame to loose pearl like him, however i can’t blame players that they don’t want to play there and most of them are thinking about transfer as soon as possible after being hammered by liverpool on may.

  • nufcursed

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    also i dont get why we dont give more chances to the youngsters??
    players like armstrong … should be given more playing time when clearly there’s nothing more to play for this season..

    as long as pardew’s our manager (and ashley our owner) it will always be a pain to see this newcastle team perform

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    “SUPPORT THROUGH THICK AND THIN”..If Ashley had spent 30m in the summer and landed up with crap players through hard luck and people still went to watch games, well thats supporting through thick and thin.
    Im sorry when Ashley,Pardew and players show no intent of good mgmt or footbal, what exactly are we supporting ?? The walls or the sports direct signs.
    Gather to support Arma,aarons,satka rather. Spend money to watch their games rather than first team.

    Just like The Chosen One,Then Special One..heres one for Alan Pardew at NUFC

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Nufc…for me we only need to rid ourselves for:

    – Parsnip and his training team
    – Our fringe players (that does not include Benny in my book)
    – Replace Cabs, Ba and Colo
    – Add some creativity, brain and leadership


    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    hi co-fans,can anyone predict where our team,with this same set of players,finish in the premier league next season?

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11


  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12

    I didn’t watch the game last night, but am I right to assume that Gouffran played LM, Anita RM and LDJ played once again in the hole?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    All I can say is that I am thankful so many teams has underperformed this season…imagine if that wasn’t so?

    …I would imagine we would find ourselves in the same spot as last season!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #14


    That’s another thing Pardew take your useless backroom staff with you!! Carver Out!! Steve Stone Out!! Dinosaurs in the game. Blaming the scapegoat Ben Arfa. It beggars belief how pathetic and clueless our coaches and manager really are!

    I feel so sorry for Ben Arfa, he could be a superstar in any other team. If only we had Roberto Martinez as manager for example he would relish in having the potency of a player of Ben Arfa’s calibre.

    Fcuk off Pardew and your cronies!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15


    welshgeordie9 – Don’t start again with this crap supporting our mindless manager and coaches. Please stop it’s pathetic. Again don’t generalize as I have more wisdom than you any day and I am not 17, much older in fact.

    If you still can’t realize how poor our manger and coaches are you’re just as bad as them.


  • milburn 77

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    lets not forget that pardew couldn’t find a place for mascarano or tevez in a relegated west ham side. they seemed to do ok when they left!

  • custurd

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Would love to see what a REAL manager could do with this bunch of players. I fear i’ll never see it though. Pardew has lost the dressing room, the players will all leave, and we’ll get a bunch of cloggers to replace them. Sad.

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Any player who does adequate research on NUFC will not join…

  • BuckLuck

    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #19

    I’ll donate a shirt with “Sack Pardew” on the back, if you are interested in showing that backside during a match. That broadcasted around the world would make my dat, week and year 🙂

  • hitman

    Apr 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #20

    wasted talent…

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #21

    I wish Ben Arfa would stay or at least run down his contract. Only to see Pardew be sacked before him leaving and earning a new contract under the new manager.

    He’s clearly had a fall out with our manager and Pardew obviously does not want to make any noises about it as it will show that he can’t get the best out of him and doesn’t know how to man manage him, something he loves to have us believe he’s actually good at.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 6, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #22

    hitman- better put like this;

    Ashley Out
    Pardew Out
    Carver Out
    Stone Out

    One big taxi for the lot and I’ll be willing to pay for it!

  • jazzyp

    Apr 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #23

    I understand your frustration mate re the way we are being run….The hierarchy……….Pardew’s inept managerial skills, But fans will still go to watch matches through “THICK AND THIN” because they support the team.
    When we were relegated does that mean when we are at our lowest ebb don’t go to watch a match because of our manager or our owner

  • Sav

    Apr 6, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Benny berated for not working harder whereas maybe the workhorses should be berated for not playing with more skill and imagination.
    But saying that, Ben Arfa has looked unfit, overweight and yesterday like he just plain couldn’t be arsed to try and that is an insult to fans, team-mate and employers. for those giving the management grief about ben Arfa, he has been tried in various roles, CM, RM, withdrawn striker and a as free spirit and he has failed to produce the goods in any of them. Pards has praised him, rescued him, argued for a contract for him. Compared to Cabaye, ben Arfa has far more skill and I’d pay to watch him but in terms of effectiveness, Cabaye is ten times the player and we just can’t go on nursing him along forever.
    In many years supporting Newcastle, we’ve mostly had a workmanlike side at best, frequently leavened by some kind of flawed genius. Every so often this will bring a surprise win against the big boys.Great. Its not enough. It is a losers’ charter. We need 11 Cabayes, not Ben Arfa and 10 donkeys. Yesterday’s defeat against a shite |ManU side was a disgrace, It may be another 80 odd years before we get to beat them twice in a season.


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