Just after Ben Arfa had scored his first goal for Newcastle yesterday with that mazy run, he did it again.
Ben Arfa slots the ball home yesterday – 1-0
But this time rather than cutting inside and shooting for goal, he laid it off to Papiss Cisse on his right, but the Senegal man was offside.
Alan Pardew – the perfectionist that he is – has pointed that out today, that Ben Arfa could have two great goals yesterday.
This is what Alan said about the Ben Arfa wizard on Tyneside:
“As I’ve said before, I’ve been pushing the issue that he should definitely be part of the French squad.” “There are not a lot of players who can do that and the French manager Laurent Blanc needs to understand that.”
“Not only did he get that goal today, he had a hand in the second and his workrate was just phenomenal.” “It was important that Hatem bought in to the team ethic, because otherwise he wasn’t going to get a game.”
“It’s not just about Hatem, it’s about the team and he understands that. His contribution to the team has been outstanding.” “This period that we’ve had, he’s been a very big part of it. I’m a lover of football. “
“You don’t see many goals like that and I’ve been lucky to see two of them.” “It was truly a special goal. His first turn opened up the pitch a little bit and then his speed has taken him past one, then the second player and the last bit is probably the cleverest bit.”
“That’s where he’s just lifted the ball which meant their center-half couldn’t slide in.” “The finish was typical Hatem – he didn’t panic. It was truly outstanding. “
“It’s going to get Premiership coverage and all the plaudits, and so it should for a goal of that quality.” “I’m sure it’s going to get highlighted all week as to how many players can score a goal like that.”
“He actually should have done it again and he shouldn’t have passed to Cisse or he would have got himself a second goal.” “I don’t give him too much information offensively.”
“Somebody like Hatem, you’ve got to let them have their world and it is his world when he has the ball. When he hasn’t had it, that’s when I focus on him.”
Newcastle fans dream of having a man of Ben Arfa’s abilities wearing the famous black and white stripes, and the fact that just under two years ago he made it very clear he only wanted to sign for Newcastle, makes him even more special.
But that double leg-break meant there were at least some whispers that he may never be the same player again.
But this year Ben Arfa has proved he’s as good as ever with two magical goals at St. James’ Park this year, and in 29 appearances for Newcastle he has 7 goals and 7 assists, and looks a top-class player again and a steal at £5M.
The Newcastle fans have been great to the Frenchman, and it’s certainly become a mutual admiration society.
And that two way affection is only going to grow deeper if this lad keeps scoring those goals for Newcastle, like he did superbly yesterday, to get us all 3 points.
Ben Arfa and Newcastle are a match made in heaven.