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News and Commentary On Newcastle United Football Club By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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Ben Arfa Now Doubtful For Stoke Game

Friday, March 8th, 2013 · 21 Comments

Ben Arfa is now doubtful for Sunday’s important game against Stoke City, because after coming through over an hour of the game against Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow, he has a dead leg.

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Ben Arfa in action on Thursday night in Moscow
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Who Is Next Cabaye FrIend To Arrive On Tyneside?

Friday, March 8th, 2013 · 65 Comments

tith Yohan Cabaye being responsible for getting his best pal Mathieu Debuchy to Newcastle in January, and also being influential in getting both Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko to Tyneside, we wonder who Yohan will be talking to Alan Pardew about – as the next Yohan Cabaye friend to arrive at Newcastle.

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Yohan Cabaye – influential in getting his “friends” to Newcastle
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→ 65 CommentsTags: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Massadio Haidara · Mathieu Debuchy · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Yoan Gouffran · Yohan Cabaye

Ben Arfa – Plastic Pitch Hard On Knees – Why I MIssed Chance

Friday, March 8th, 2013 · 210 Comments

Ben Arfa did very well last night on his first game back in the team for three months, and it’s just a pity he missed that chance in the second half, otherwise he could have been celebrating a birthday goal, as he turned 26 yesterday.

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Ben Arfa – in action in Moscow last night
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Pardew – Mapou Was Our Outstanding Player Last Night

Friday, March 8th, 2013 · 26 Comments

A good interview in the Evening Chronicle today from Alan Pardew, and not surprisingly an upbeat Alan has talked about the performance of a certain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who was our Man of the Match last night.

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Yanga-Mbiwa – in action last night
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Pardew Could Play Ben Arfa As A Striker

Friday, March 8th, 2013 · 22 Comments

With Newcastle only having Shola Ameobi as an experienced striker in the squad last night, and manager Pardew not wanting to risk him on the artificial surface of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, Ben Arfa was used as a striker for a some of the game last night, and most of the time he was the player in the most forward position for Newcastle.

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Ben Arfa – the mercurial one in training
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Injury Update: Newcastle Star To Train Today

Friday, March 8th, 2013 · 12 Comments

After the game last night Alan Pardew essentially gave an injury update on Papiss Cisse, and it was good news, and he also said that he will probably use Ben Arfa again on Sunday, but we wonder if the Frenchman will start that game against Stoke City.

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Ben Arfa in action last night
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→ 12 CommentsTags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Injuries · James Perch · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse

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