Ben Arfa’s very first goal for Newcastle was at Goodison Park in September of 2010.
Ben Arfa scoring against Bolton
That’s when he got the ball about 10 yards outside the penalty box, moved to his right, and then thought I better get the ball on my left foot, so he moved to his left again.
And then when no Everton players came towards him, he simply rifled the ball into the back net giving Tim Howard no chance, for a spectacular strike.
After that game whenever Ben Arfa got the ball 10 yards outside the penalty area, opposition players immediately went to close him down, but then of course he broke his left leg at Manchester City a few weeks later, and missed the rest of last season.
In case you haven’t seen that goal lately here it is:
And that goal was enough to give Newcastle all 3 points, and we are hoping the Magpies can get the same return on Sunday in our final game, of what has been a terrific season.
But the Frenchman has come back in great style this year, and has just recently been included in Laurent Blanc’s provisional French squad for Euro2012, and he has scored six more great goals for Newcastle this season.
The former Manchester United and England player, Gary Neville, has voted Cisse’s second strike at Chelsea the goal of the season, and Ben Arfa’s goal against Bolton Wanderers, as the third best goal.
Of course Ben Arfa also scored a stunner against Blackburn in the FA Cup, but Sky Sports didn’t have the rights to that video, as Alan Pardew explained:
“The only thing is Sky didn’t have the broadcasting rights for Hatem Ben Arfa’s goal against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.” “That would have been the top goal for me.”
“Ben Arfa’s goal against Bolton Wanderers was third, so from my point of view we have had three out of the four best goals this season.” “You have to be pleased with that.”
So Newcastle are in the news for the great goals thay are scoring these days, and it’s excellent press for the club.
Well, in case you have forgotten about Cisse’e wonder goal at Chelsea (no chance) here it is:
And here is Ben Arfa’s goal against Bolton Wanderers.
And why not – here’s Ben Arfa’s FA Cup goal against Blackburn.
Newcastle have some team this season!