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Ben Arfa urged to follow in Ronaldo’s footsteps

 

HATEM Ben Arfa has the ability to become a “legend” at Newcastle United – if he backs up his talent with hard graft.

 

That’s the verdict of manager Alan Pardew, who could hand the Frenchman a start at Fulham on Saturday.

 

Pardew was impressed with the explosive forward when he came off the bench in last weekend’s win 1-0 over Queens Park Rangers, the club’s third successive victory.

 

Ben Arfa was sidelined for most of last season with the horrific double leg break he suffered under a crude challenge from Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong, and as a result, he’s still getting used to the demands of the Premier League.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo took time to adjust to the division after his move to Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon, but went on to become one of the most feared wingers in European football. And Pardew’s hopeful Ben Arfa, signed from Marseille last season, can start to deliver week in, week out over the coming season.

 

“There are players who have become legends in this country – Ronaldo, for example – who have taken their time to understand what this division’s about,” Pardew told the Gazette.

 

“He’s been injured for a year – people forget that.

 

“We’ve got to make sure we get that talent on the pitch more than we’re getting it at the minute.

 

“He’s given us another option, and it’s something we’ll be looking at.”

 

Ben Arfa had scored a stunning goal against Blackburn Rovers in the previous game, but that strike wasn’t enough to earn him a starting place against Fulham.

 

However, an injury to midfielder Yohan Cabaye saw him come off the bench in the first-half, and having upped his workrate, the 24-year-old’s pushing for a start at Craven Cottage.

 

“The challenge is for Hatem to get in this team,” Pardew added. “His energy and his workrate needs to improve – I make no bones about that.

 

“The (Blackburn) goal will do him no harm at all. As good a player as he is, he still needs confidence, and goals.

 

“He scored at Bolton, and he scored against Blackburn here in another cameo.”

 

miles.starforth@northeast-press.co.uk

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I think Ben Arfa and Pardew's relationship is like in that film, Good Will Hunting. Pardew is the Robin Williams psychoanalyst and HBA is Matt Damon. HBA is sad because his daddy never loved him (http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/jan/16/hatem-ben-arfa-father-love?newsfeed=true) and he can't get into the team. Pardew will embrace him saying, "It's not your fault, it's not your fault."

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apart from the goal which is one of the greatest things I've seen at sjp, he was getting a lot of grief from the crowd for holding onto the ball too much when he got it...when he gets a goal like that its more than worth him losing possession a few times, but he'll get a goal like that one in ten so you can still see why it's difficult for Pardew.

 

Since the Blackburn game, there have been two more games involving Newcastle, and Ben Arfa has scored and got an assist in that time playing for us. I think YOU will find that TWO games is less than TEN games, and that in actual fact, Ben Arfa, who is by far our best player, will not get a goal like that one in ten, but in MUCH less than one in ten. In light of these FACTS, I'd like to think that YOU, a so-called statistician, would be so ASHAMED of yourself, that YOU will build an effigy of Ben Arfa and get on your knees and lick its bloody toes. And THAT is taking it easy on YOU.

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I think Ben Arfa and Pardew's relationship is like in that film, Good Will Hunting. Pardew is the Robin Williams psychoanalyst and HBA is Matt Damon. HBA is sad because his daddy never loved him (http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/jan/16/hatem-ben-arfa-father-love?newsfeed=true) and he can't get into the team. Pardew will embrace him saying, "It's not your fault, it's not your fault."

 

That made me chuckle. But i bet its not too far from the truth.

 

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“It is normal to have a great team in Paris,”

 

“It’s a great city and wasn’t logical that there was not a great club there.

 

“Now we'll see, but I think there are many players who will not come because it’s the French championship - look at Tevez.

 

“Even with the Champions League. There will need to be least two or three other clubs at the same level or I think the stars will struggle to come.”

 

“For me, it's different, I am French so it’s not the same as it is the championship of France. It’s not the same relationship for Tevez.

 

“It is as if, with all due respect, I was told to go to a big club in Switzerland, I would not go.”

 

"You never know what will happen tomorrow, I do not know [PSG coach Carlo] Ancelotti too well.”

 

Blatantly angling for a move.

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Source: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2012/01/25/goalkeeper-fraser-forster-set-to-join-celtic-72703-30193599/2/

 

Meanwhile, United star Hatem Ben Arfa was given permission not to attend this week's training camp in Tenerife.

The player was invited by the French FA to make the draw for the last 16 of the French Cup.

 

But Ben Arfa is expected to link up with United again tomorrow.

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A summary of his performance against Fulham.

 

Hatem Ben Arfa

“He [ben Arfa] needs to put in more effort for this team. He doesn’t have to be less maverick. That is his strength. What we do need from him is discipline.”

This season, Pardew has been hesitant about introducing Ben Arfa into the starting line up, alluding that his lack of defensive qualities and being able to keep the ball one of his downfalls.

In this game, you could see both sides of the coin.

Other than Tim Krul, he had the poorest pass completion rate (62%) and lost out in more than half of his ground duels (8/19). He lost possession of the ball more times out of all the Newcastle players (25 times, next highest Krul 20, Santon 17) and was dispossessed more times than any player on the pitch (9). With his skill and trickery, Ben Arfa does like to carry the ball, rather than pass it, sometimes taking on a man too many and losing the ball cheaply – something that Pardew is nervous about, as he adopts the safety-first approach first.

However, he is one of the few Newcastle players that can produce a piece of magic from nothing at all.

Offensively, he gives Newcastle a lot of options, as shown by his goal and his assist for Danny Guthrie’s goal. He attempted 5 dribbles on Saturday and was successful in all 5. The previous week, he was influential in creating the chance for Leon Best’s winning goal against QPR and his FA Cup goal against Blackburn underlined his offensive qualities. Against Bolton on Boxing Day, he came on as substitute and changed the game, scoring the opening goal in the process.

It’s a difficult decision for Pardew, despite what Ben Arfa offers going forward, he has the tendency to give the ball away cheaply at times. Pardew has already stated that Hatem’s natural position is the ‘number 10’, but with the manager’s preferred formation of 4-4-2 – Ben Arfa doesn’t fit into his plan.

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He's been badly mismanaged under Pardew imo. I don't care if that makes me a fanboy. Anyone of his class would be a bit cheesed off if they were sat on the bench watching dross like Obertan and Shola getting in the team before them and rightfully so.

 

That said, those quotes don't really look like he fancies a move at present. Sounds like he's saying the project isn't quite off the ground yet and that they'll struggle to attract top players, and the rest of the French league isn't quite up to standard either, so he's not interested. I could be grasping at straws like.

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I think you might be. :)

 

Definitely testing the waters at least. And it would be a massive shame if we lost him he is a special player and Pardew should send him out every week with instructions to play his way. He does anyway so why piss the guy off.

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i don't care how many times HBA takes on a player and losses it tbh, thats why we have cabaye and tiote to clean up after him and give it back to start over.

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Apparently hast been at the training camp..... #missingagain? #havingamedicalsomewhere? #sickrelativeinTunisia?

 

Dear me.

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