Newcastle Could Delay Decision On Ben Arfa


27 year-old Hatem Ben Arfa is due to return to Newcastle this week after having treatment at the France Clairefontaine Football Academy just outside of Paris, and he will be assessed to see if he is ready to play at the Emirates on Monday night.

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Ben Arfa – in action at Stoke City

With Newcastle sinking like a rock these days the last three games have become important for a few reasons – one is we have a target to at least finish in the top ten, and if we don’t and don’t do well over the last three games of the season, that could even be curtains for manager Alan Pardew.

And there have been reports over the last few games that Alan Pardew and Ben Arfa have no exactly see eye to eye and some of the experienced players at the club don’t think he has earned his place on the bench – because he doesn’t work enough for the side.

Ben Arfa has been in Paris since last Thursday, and most of our French players do return to the Academy just outside Paris for treatment.

With Ben Arfa’s contract running out in fourteen months Newcastle will be forced into a decision on the striker – whether to sell him, give him a new contract or potentially take up a one year option on his contract – if one exists.

But Newcastle cannot make a decision on the mercurial one until it’s clear who will be the Newcastle manager at the end of the season.

Alan Pardew’s record this year has been simply horrendous with only four wins in the last 18 games and 13 defeats. 🙁

So it seems that Mike Ashley will need to make a decision at the end of the season, as to whether he persists with Alan Pardew, or whether he decides to make a change and bring in a new manager – like Davide Moyes – as just one example.

Comments welcome.



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142 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Are we the only club that always allows our players to travel oversea’s for treatment on their injuries? As it seems that as soon as someone gets a knock their off to the airport to return to their motherland

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #2

    pretty sure a decision on Ben Arfa was made months ago…
    Doesn’t get on with the manager
    Doesn’t get on with the captain
    Has had fall outs with Krul, Cabaybe, Gouffran and shola since he’s been at the club
    Few shimmys and tricks on the half way line ain’t gonna cover up those cracks

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    also skipped out of every team building get away and tour we’ve done since he’s been here….

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #4

    I meant Rhodes

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Wonder if any player who are a tad injured – and who are not happy – would delay any return as much as possible?

    …I probably would 😉

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  • Bambams

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    I have thought long and hard about this…..

    We need to replace Pardew AND I believe we will at the end of the season at the latest.

    Question is will Moyes/Another come to the Toon under Ashley and his ways…..

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  • Bambams

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    In the words of Columbo “I just dont know”

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #8

    pretty sure judging on how they’re playing that most of our lads have been assured of their world cup places and are just seeing the season out ie: Debuchy, Sissoko, Tiote, Remy.
    The only players really with anything to play for in our side are Dummett (playing to keep santon out), De jong, shola and gosling (playing for contracts)

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  • toonking

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #9

    JB
    starting shola and gosling may seem stupid but i think pardew is getting fed up with some and with HBA the whole squad are annoyed to see HBA starting now.
    pardews tactics are rubbish but that still didn’t stop cabaye remy and ba from all showing decent performances to attract attention from the bigger teams. HBA and marvo are two players we know are going to be sold in the summer (atleast expecting) so reall if cabaye ba and remy can do it why couldn’t HBA cisse and marvo?

    as for starting shola and gosling i think the reason for that is because at the minute we as a club are in as bad a state as the season which we got relegated, the foreign players won’t be bothered about us and really don’t need the manager because those who are leaving should be proving how good they are for other teams to buy them.
    the season we got promoted back into the league was in many ways because of nolan barton and carroll who were all players with the sort of attitude that a team in chaos needs.

    the decision on armstrong is the stupidest one pardew is doing at the minute because he is the one player who is determined to do his best for newcastle.

    what ashley needs to do in the summer is bring in more of the type of players with the passion of williamson who has this season been my player of the season.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Jayphoto…Come on, they’ve pretty much all assured us fans that they’re playing for the shirt still, don’t you believe them? 🙂

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  • validator

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Pardew subs Gosling and leaves Shola on for the whole game,when Shola was dead on his feet.

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  • validator

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #12

    What shirt are they playing for?

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  • toon kk

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #13

    The wife has friends and family darn south and they were asking what’s happening with our joke club. They couldn’t get over how sh.t we are these days.

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  • validator

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #14

    You should say it’s due to the input of the clowns from darnsarf that the club is tinged with excrement.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #15

    validator…That is a very good question.

    Maybe it was lost in translation?

    Instead of “We’re playing for the shirt” see, “We’re playing sh*t”?

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  • validator

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Or even we’re playing for sh*te management.

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  • Jamseyd24

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew is here to stay, get used to it folks.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #18

    A few players maybe woth a punt on from teams facing Relegation :

    West Brom – Amalfitano & Sessegnon

    Norwich – Fer, Redmond & Hooper

    Cardiff – Much,Caulker & Noone

    Fulham – Sidwell & Holtby

    Mackems – Giacherrini, Colback, Wickham, Johnson & Borini

    Any more ? .

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  • validator

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Jamesy you maybe a little premature in your assumptions regarding pardews grip on power.

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    nothing will change as regards pardew until the final count on season ticket renewals in a couple of months time.if it is down by 10,000-14,000 as has been rumoured then pardew will go

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  • Spoof

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ve just heard a rumour that Pardew will be sacked within the next 48 hours but it won’t be Moyes taking over as Remi Garde is top of Ashley’s wanted list as he is experienced at managing well within a tight budget, has anyone else heard this rumour ?

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  • AaranD

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Holtby and Caulker are two which I’d take personally.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Big Pappa…Best shout there is no one. Ashleys ideal target each window. Too easy? Oh okay.

    I haven’t watched too many of any of those teams games tbh, but Caulker seems to be getting lots of recognition this season.

    How about one of the relegation teams managers? 🙂

    Spoof…Easy now…

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  • Jamseyd24

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Spoof, your name is appropriate considering your last post. Like I said before Pardew is going no where
    Val, do you really think MA cares if the players respect Pardew, he does as he is told doesn’t speak out and keeps us in the PL. Here to stay.

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  • Spoof

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Ibiza

    personally I think it is rubbish but Garde has done well without much support so I can understand the link, but the 48 hour’s part makes me believe that it is total nonsense, but you never know, ecspecially with Ashley.

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  • validator

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #26

    How about looking upwards in the pursuit of players instead of buying inferior talent which inevitably leads to relegation battles.

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  • t00ntime

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #27

    the thing is with HBA, lots of fans complain and say he is lazy, not a team player etc and then talk about since Cabaye leaving we dont create as may chances.
    In reality hba has created/scored more goals per min than cabaye (all comps) and in the premier league he has created more chances and has a better passing accuracy than Cabaye.
    No he doesnt add as much to the team as cabaye but when cabaye left AP should of found away to intergrate him in to the sqaud asap, becuse we lacked creativity and he was (still is) statistically our 2nd best attacker per min (only remy better). now I think its too late for him, he has fallen out with AP and supposedly with his team mates too.

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  • t00ntime

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #28

    created more chances per minute*

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  • Spoof

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Jamsey

    I tend to agree that he is going no where, why sack and pay compensation now when he could have sacked him for gross misconduct and pay no compensation after the headbutt, however strange things do happen in the Newcastle boardroom !

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Spoof…Seeing as it’s Ashley we’re talking about, I expect to see news of Pardew getting a new 10 year contract within the next 48 hours 🙂

    Social media is busy at work mate, plus summer is nearly upon us. I get the feeling we’ll be hearing lots and lots, what we’ll see however…

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Spoof

    mate your always good for a laugh and to try to get peoples hopes up.

    I salute you 😉

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  • Spoof

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza

    your probably right, the silly season may have started early.

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  • weg

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #33

    With regards to Ben Arfa, is it not the fact that he is the only player trying to attack the opposition defence, and when he gets blocked out, there’s no movement from the rest of our team to help him out. And he gets caught in possesion, because the rest of the team is towing Pardew’s defensive line. No movement, no vision and no options! I think we all know, Ben Arfa would shine in a creative attacking team. Pardew’s defensive tactics completely nullify HBA’s strengths.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #34

    how long has Lee Charnell been at Newcaste?

    about 12-15 years now? maybe he’s got MA thinking that we need a new manager and if we keep Pardew sales, sponsors, merchandise ect,ect will drop substantially

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  • cyprus

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #35

    On HBA: Let the NEW coach decide. If I had a say, keep him over most (95%) of our squad.

    On that Championship forward: yes, that’s what NUFC do, catch players on their way up, not down. That’s why I don’t want Ba back. When they come here from ‘better’ teams, they suck (ask Kluivert, Owen etc. for more details).

    On Moyes: like O’Neal, he’s on a downhill slide. Maybe he can do the pundit thing. Feel sorry for him, but, we have continental players, we need a continental coach. Give Laudrup a call, maybe he’ll bite.

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  • Spoof

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #36

    B & W

    I’m not sure if it would be building hopes up, I’m not sure how Garde would be welcomed here ?

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  • validator

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #37

    The enigmatic Hatem Ben arfa should have moved on long ago, he has seen his career fizzle out into obscurity under this ludicrous management team, who neither know or plainly don’t care about how to utilise players of his calibre.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Ashley ‘lining his own pockets’? More like running NUFC into the ground:

    http://www.toontastic.net/2014/04/all-other-clubs-continue-growth-while-mike-ashley-shrinks-newcastle/

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #39

    “With Ben Arfa’s contract running out in fourteen months Newcastle will be forced into a decision on the striker – whether to sell him, give him a new contract”

    This makes it sound very simple. The bigger question is: why would Ben Arfa want to sign a new contract with us?

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #40

    Spoof

    at this moment mate I think any manager would be welcomed here, well except hoofball merchants like Pulis or and Iv’e read this somewhere Moyes.

    Garde has been known to play attacking style which in our case needs to be implemented into Newcastle but personally I would go for Bielsa or Baup providing other clubs haven’t snap them up.

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