The video finally went out that showed just how good a goal Ben Arfa scored yesterday.
Ben Arfa – after scoring – pointing at crowd
In case you still haven’t seen it, here’s a short video of the goals yesterday, plus Ben Arfa’s classic goal, which may be the best individual goal ever scored at St. James’ Park.
And there’s not too many players who could score a goal like that – which was a phenomenal individual effort – and Alan Pardew said he basically beat the entire Blackburn defense and he beat some defenders twice.
But that kind of magic from Ben Arfa is what the Newcastle fans just love to watch, and why they want to see more of Ben Arfa in a black and white shirt.
And quite honestly it’s just great for the game when a player like Ben Arfa, who in his run yesterday reminded me of the greatest player who ever lived (in my opinion), Brazil’s one and only Pele
Alan Pardew was simply gushing after the game, and the manager seemed so pleased for the French International:
”In the second half he was outstanding,” ”He understands that this is a big agenda for him – he needs to do well here.”
”At some other clubs, it hasn’t gone so well and he is doing everything in his power to make it happen here, and that’s good for us.”
”He’s had situations in France where his talent hasn’t come to the fore as much as it should have, perhaps, and then he has had a terrible injury here.”
”He knows this is a great opportunity at this football club.” “He probably feels that he could play for France, and I know the French Federation look at him very closely.”
”Is he going to emerge because he has got the talent that he showed today? We are all hoping he does, of course.”
“Anybody who saw that goal today and some of the bursts he made will know he’s a special player and we have to treat him sometimes in a special way, and we are trying to do that.”
After the first 15 minutes yesterday Newcastle were simply hopeless in the first half, and Ben Arfa included.
But Alan Pardew turned the side around at half time – which he often does – and had a wee talk to the players, and that seemed to turn things around, and Alan’s proving to be an astute coach on Tyneside.
Alan put Ben Arfa out on the right wing in that second half, and the Frenchman starred out there, and maybe that’s his best position.
Newcastle to their credit, really turned it on in that second half and deserved to win the game, and the Jonas goal to win it in the 5th minute of added time was also a wonderful individual effort too.
Alan talked about putting Ben Arfa put on the right wing:
”It did help him,” “Before I arrived, there were suggestions that he had played wide and didn’t want to play there. But Hatem has to understand that it’s about the team, and where we think he fits in best is where we are going to put him.”
“But his talent was there for everybody to see today.” ”It’s the greatest goal, in my opinion, I have ever seen with my eyes because just the technical part of it – to beat six players, to skip past people, left-foot, right-foot, cut-back, accelerate, everything that was involved in it.”
“I am absolutely chuffed for him.” ”In the second half, we played as well as we have played all year. It was late, the winning goal, but we deserved it.”
Ben Arfa naturally received the headlines for what was a great goal indeed, and could be the goal of the season in England, but young Davide Santon looked so good at left back yesterday, and it looks like it’s £5M well spent on the young Italian.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the 20 year-old after the game:
”Some of our play, Davide Santon in particular, was outstanding.”
When Davide arrived he talked about how great it was to sign for a big club like Newcastle , and he arrived from Inter-Milan and already had 7 senior caps for Italy.
Davide Santon – great game yesterday
But it seems that Alan Pardew has handled the kid with great understanding, and this lad should now be a permanent fixture at left back, and he could be a better player than Jose Enrique by the end of the season.
He’s really that good, and if he keeps playing like he did yesterday, then he’ll likely be in the Italy side in Euro 2012 this summer, in one of the full-back positions.