Hatem Ben Arfa has been voted the Budweiser Player of the Round for the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Ben Arfa – after scoring fabulous goal against Blackburn
Ben Arfa scored probably the best individual goal ever scored at St. James’ Park in its 120 year history as the home of Newcastle United, and thoroughly deserves the award.
The French International, who is coming into top form for Newcastle, received 43% of the 4,000 votes cast on TheFA.com website.
Ben Arfa was switched to the right wing in the second half of that Cup tie , after Newcastle had gone 1-0 down against Blackburn Rovers.
But the 24 year-old led the Newcastle side to victory and got Newcastle level with that brilliant individual goal, when he beat at least six Blackburn players on his way into the penalty area, before he smashed the ball into roof of the net with that fantastic left foot of his.
Newcastle won that game 2-1 with another good individual goal from Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez, who chipped the ball into the back of the net with almost the last kick of the match, and Newcastle now play at Brighton in the 4th round on Saturday.
Ben Arfa will now receive a commemorative Budweiser Player of the Round trophy and will attend the FA Cup final at Wembley in May as a guest of the FA and of Budweiser.
We hope he’s also on the field that day playing for Newcastle United. 😀
Ben Arfa again showed great form on Saturday afternoon against Fulham, and managed to score a goal out of nothing with just 5 minutes to go in that game.
It was Ben Araf’s 3rd goal in the last 5 games he’s played for the magpies (not too bad at all), and he is slowly but surely becoming a fixture for Newcastle out on the right wing.
Congratulations to Ben Arfa on this award, and the youngster is now getting back to the form he showed before his terrible double broken leg he suffered on October 3rd, 2010 at Manchester City.