Archive for tag: Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle.

So what exactly has Hatem Ben Arfa done then?

September 25th, 2010 | 102 Comments |

Ben Arfa - The boy has done good.
Ben Arfa - The boy has done good.
It seems to me as though the press have a bit of a bee in their collective bonnet regarding Hatem Ben Arfa.

It would appear that they are suddenly overly concerned about his past behaviour and how it could impact on Newcastle should he showcase it at St James’ Park. How sweet eh?

I mean if I was a cynical person I would perhaps suggest that the ickle little press are a bit annoyed that things are going rather swimmingly on Tyneside at the moment.

I would also hazard a guess that the same press are suitably irked about Newcastle having what looks to be a quality player in the shape of Hatem Ben Arfa in our squad. No doubt that wasn’t in their plans. He should have gone to a better club than us in their eyes no doubt!

There is only one reason that the press have decided to air these stories again, and that is to get a reaction. I understand that what I am writing can be classed as a reaction, but really my purpose is to highlight just how pathetic the press are again. In fairness, that is a point that is easily made! (more…)

Steady as she goes.

September 19th, 2010 | 112 Comments |

Cheick Tiote - A pleasant surprise.
Cheick Tiote - A pleasant surprise.
The aftermath of the result against Everton yesterday is still rumbling on in the minds of many today. After all, it was a fantastic result, and far more than most of us has thought we could get from Goodison.

I’ve been out most of the day taking in some fresh air and walking the dog up and down some big hills, which has given me a fair bit of time to reflect on things.

Are we not getting just a little bit carried away?

As I said in the opening paragraph, there is no doubt beating Everton in their own back yard is a fantastic result. My concern now is that after the exceptional full debut performances of Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheik Tiote yesterday we get ourselves into the position where too much is expected of them. I mean they have started off pretty well in the black and white, but what if they don’t perform like that in every match? (more…)