Ben Arfa has begun the season in outstanding form.
And Pardew said: "You have to manage every player slightly differently and the experience of having worked with people like Carlos Tevez [at West Ham] helps me with Hatem," Pardew said. "I'm not sure I'd have coped with him quite so well when I first came into management. But I don't think there are many players like Hatem. When things are going against us he can get us out of trouble."