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Fans who didn’t see the Fulham match might guess Ben Arfa was a weak link but he was arguably our top player.
Pardew; “Hatem, I thought, did some fantastic things, his discipline in the team is improving and I thought he was a good thing for us. He scored a good goal”.
Alan Pardew; “Hatem Ben Arfa has the ability to become a ‘legend’ at Newcastle United, the challenge is for Hatem to get in this team”.
With the likely exclusion of Cabaye through injury, surely today is the time to embrace the talent that is Ben Arfa and give him his start.
I see nothing wrong with Ba talking about wanting to play Champions League football, that is what Premier League players, especially ours, should aspire to.
Not too sure though about Hatem and his ‘..not really a lot of French in the team…’!
A rubbish match with two quite superb goals, no doubt preferable to a decent performance with no end product. Pull out all the stops to see these goals asap, Ben Arfa’s was quite simply stunning and Jonas’ wasn’t arf bad!
Bring on the draw.
Decent performance against a team nervous at home, a soft goal doing Newcastle in as Simpson’s poor defending gifts the game.
Alan Pardew must be desperate for a striking option as Best, Lovenkrands and the Ameobis aren’t up to the job, time for Ashley to help Pardew out.
Our match preview urged the manager to start with Ben Arfa but felt even with Best alongside Ba we’d be ok, wrong!
Let’s hope Ben Arfa’s introduction to the action is not a fleeting glimpse, he and the team should take confidence into the likes of Liverpool and Man.U.
Hatem Ben Arfa suffered a potentially career-threatening injury and getting back to top form was never going to be easy.
Watch this videa and you’ll realise, have a little patience and we have one brilliant player.
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