The Curious Case of Hatem Ben Arfa

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It has been almost six years (I actually cannot believe it is that long ago) since Hatem Ben Arfa joined Newcastle on a season long loan from Marseille, for the 2010/11 season. A player who had plenty of good and bad press surrounding him. Good in terms of his ability and bad towards his attitude. That first season was cut dramatically short when he suffered a broken leg in an awful challenge from Nigel de Jong. But nevertheless he still signed for Newcastle permanently.

I was very excited about this as in those couple of games he really did show that he had skill and the willingness to try things by taking players on, something that not that many players seem to do very often. He particularly looked threatening in central roles running at centre backs.

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NUFC 2 – 1 Spurs

The first Premier League game of the 2012/2013 saw Tottenham Hotspur make the journey up to St James Park (I refuse to call it by that other name, you know the official name) for a 5:30pm kick off. Yes we had to wait until 5:30pm on a Saturday tea time instead of the traditional and much-loved 3pm kick off. But never mind there was a massive buzz just on the metro on the way to Newcastle for the game, nearly everyone kitted out in the new shirt and feeling very optimistic for the new season starting. And why not eh? We had a cracking season last year and should look to maintain that level of performance and attitude this season too.

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Newcastle 2 – 2 Spurs

Another game at St James Park against a Spurs side who have had a pretty good start to the season as well. Also a team we always play well against at home, usually producing some very good matches, this one was no different really. The first half we saw some good play, but lack of shots on goal by either side looked like the score was going to be 0-0 at half time.

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2010/11 Season Review

First season back into Premier League (where we belong, I must add) and obviously at the start of the season we were very much tipped to go straight back down. We did not really make many signings or at least proven in the Premiership players. We brought in James Perch who became quite the scapegoat amongst the fans. Dan Gosling on a free transfer, but would be out until at least Christmas due to injury. Sol Campbell who was already clearly past his best, and would just cost us money. But then an exciting new player would be signed on loan (but then permanent in January) Hatem Ben Arfa who looked fantastic but suffered a horrible injury when he had his leg broken after a Nigel de Jong tackle. So those being the new players brought in not really much was placed on them. We had to rely on the team who done so well making the Championship look easy the year before. Not forgetting of course our signing and possibly player of the season Cheik Tiote.

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Ben Arfa scores on full debut

Ben Arfa scored on his full debut yesterday against Everton and we won the game 1-0. We deserved the 3 points after putting in a solid team performance over the 90 minutes. Ben Arfa walked away with all the plaudits after his fantastic strike just before half time. This player really is top class, and has to be the best player we have had the club! Sign him up properly asap for me! The new Laurent Robert in my eyes – yes I was a massive Robert fan! And to be totally shallow he is gorgeous as well . . . yes I shall now go back under a rock haha.