Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa had had a bit of a frustrating season at Newcastle United.
Hatem Ben Arfa – while playing for France
This is really the French lad’s maiden season in England, since he suffered that terrible double fracture of his left leg against Manchester City, that saw him make only 4 appearances for the Magpies last term.
And he’s having a little bit of trouble getting himself a starting place at Newcastle, although in 19 appearances this season he has 3 goals and 3 assists, and scored what could be the goal of the season against Blackburn Rovers in January.
It was certainly the best individual goal ever seen at St. James Park – ever – and he beat – was it five or six Blackburn players – before rifling the ball into the back of the net with that great left foot of his.
Take a look at that goal – again!
And Ben Arfa changed the game in Newcastle’s favor on Sunday against local rivals Sunderland, as he gave a display full of energy and skill in the second half, and it’s just a pity that Newcastle couldn’t have won the game, but we’ll take the point that Shola Ameobi got us in stoppage time with his second goal of the season.
The 24 year-old Frenchman still has many dreams for the future, and he believes he will still become a great player, and his goal in football has always been to be one of the best players in the world.
Frenchman Gerard Houllier, the former Liverpool manager and Ben Arfa’s manager at Olympique Lyonnais, when he was there from 2004 through 2008, asked this of the 8 times capped French International in France Football:
“You’ll soon be 25-years-old. So are you ready to finally have a big plan for the future?”
And this is how the Newcastle midfielder responded to the question:
“I always have the same plan as when I started, to become one of the best players.” “Inevitably I lost some time in my career, but in my life, I have the impression that I will win.”
“In fact, it’s sad that a career is not made between 24 and 40, because I would have all my chances!” “I’m looking forward to the next three or four years. “
“In that time, I see myself on top, winning for example the World Cup in Brazil or the Ballon d’Or. I’m still full of dreams.”
Ben Arfa has not been part of the French International scene since scoring that great goal in the friendly against Norway in August of 2010, but he still has a chance of making the French squad for the European Championships this summer in Poland and Ukraine.
That will depend largely on his form for Newcastle United in their final 11 games of what has been an excellent season so far for the Magpies, who have a large French contingent these days in their ranks.
Here’s that goal Ben Arfa scored for France against Norway – take another look: