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De Jong ‘regrets’ breaking Ben Arfa’s leg

November 17th, 2011 | 15 Comments |

Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Afra receives a letter from Nigel de Jong expressing regret over last season’s tackle, which resulted in a broken tibia and fibula for Ben Arfa.

Remember this?:

Difficult to forget it really!

Well apparently Nigel de Jong has written a letter to Hatem Ben Arfa ahead of Saturday’s game to express his regret over the challenge, although it’s unclear whether the letter included an apology. (more…)


Will Ben Arfa’s return signal a different style of play for Newcastle?

September 22nd, 2011 | 16 Comments |

Ben Arfa keen for Premier League start.
Missing piece?
Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa is keen to get started with Premier League football after his appearance against Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Alan Pardew won’t be rushing him back but could it be that the eventual return of Ben Arfa will signal a shift in the way the whole team plays?

Hatem Ben Arfa has played very few minutes of first team football for Newcastle since joining the club, yet an awful lot of expectation seems to surround the lad. It’s as if he’s the missing piece to some puzzle.

After playing against Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup on Tuesday, Ben Arfa is now keen to get his first Premier League start of the season. Benny said:

All the year I worked so hard to come back and I’m very happy to be on the pitch now. I’m very happy to see the supporters again and I thank them for all the encouragement last year. I feel very good. I have confidence and I feel I will do very good things now.

I feel ready to play in every match now, in fact I’m dying to play.(more…)


Pardew says no to free agents, so that’s it until January

September 13th, 2011 | 26 Comments |

Alan Pardew is building up expectations about Hatem Ben Arfa's return.
Building up expectations
Alan Pardew puts paid to the idea of bringing in any free agents to plug any gaps in the Newcastle United squad, and he looks forward to the return of Hatem Ben Arfa.

You are probably not surprised to find out that this is ‘it’ now in terms of the squad until January. Pardew has previously told us that the loan market isn’t the way the club wants to go to plug any gaps – such as the striker we missed out on in the transfer window – and he has today confirmed that we won’t be pursuing free agents either. Pardew said:

I’ve no intention of bringing a free agent in. I’ll go with the group.

I think you have to remember I’ve got Hatem Ben Arfa training now. His imagination and flair on that pitch would have been a big asset for us – hopefully, fingers crossed, in two weeks’ time he’ll be on that pitch for us.(more…)


Benny’s recovery won’t be rushed

September 6th, 2011 | 19 Comments |

Hatem Ben Arfa underwent a light training session.
Won't be rushed back
Good news as Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa – injured since the pre-season game against Sporting Kansas City – undergoes a light training session with the physio.

Given our failure to recruit an additional striker, we have to hope that Best continues the way he’s been going and that Shola and Ba come good. Alternatively, we’ll be looking for goals from midfield and Hatem Ben Arfa could just be the man to come good for us in that respect.

It’s good news then that he seems to be making his way back from injury and took part in his first training session yesterday. It was apparently only a ‘light exercise’ session (my equivalent of which is just lifting the one pint) but it gave physio Derek Wright a chance to assess the player.

Apparently the club aren’t too keen to rush him back from this injury and I get the impression it’ll be October before we see him available for first-team selection. (more…)


Ben Arfa set for July 4th return

May 29th, 2011 | 12 Comments |

Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa due to return on July 4th.
Whispers are untrue
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew dismisses ‘whispers’ alleging that Ben Arfa will never be the same player after his broken leg.

Apparently there have been ‘whispers’ that Hatem Ben Arfa will never properly recover from the double leg break inflicted upon him by Nigel de Jong.

All I can say is that they must have been very quiet whispers as I hadn’t heard them. Pardew, however, must have better ears than me because he had heard these whispers and responded thusly:

I would dismiss that straight away. I don’t see any problem with him coming back just as good as he was.

You’re talking about a really bad break. And I think we were buoyed by his last visit because he was a lot, lot better within himself.

I think anyone who has suffered an injury like that, you’ve got to give him time, you’ve got to understand what is happening.

You don’t rush it and we won’t with Hatem.(more…)