It took another piece of magic from Hatem Ben Arfa yesterday after 58 minutes, when he rifled the ball in from just outside the penalty box, and we’ll have to stop calling him a one-footed player, because he hit the ball so beautifully with his right foot – the one he usually just uses for balance. 😀
Ben Arfa launching a missile yesterday with his right foot
Seeing that ball go in with such speed was great to watch, and shows that Ben Arfa is such a gifted player with fantastic technique, and after the goal Newcastle had good chances to win the game, which would have lifted the mood on Tyneside today.
But he just couldn’t get that second goal for Newcastle, although his French team mate Yohan Cabaye went so close with only 30 seconds remaining in the game, but American goalkeeper Brad Guzon made another fantastic save – unfortunately for us.
Alan Pardew was asked about the great one after the game:
“Hatem is a wonderfully-gifted footballer. I didn’t actually realise it was his right foot until I just watched the replay because I didn’t expect him to hit it with that power.”
“He has got exceptional power in amongst all his technique and as I say, he has been our best player from the start of the season.” ‘In training, he is our best player and on the pitch, he is our best player at the minute.”
“When we get three or four like that, we are a really, really good side. Unfortunately, we haven’t at the moment, we have got one or two just below that.”
Some top stars are taking their time to get into their best form at Newcastle this season, and it’s looking like it will be very difficult for Newcastle to repeat the feats of last season, but it’s still very early days of course.
But Ben Arfa has started off in great form, and has easily looked Newcastle best player so far this season, and we wonder if one option Alan Pardew may use up front, is to use this lad as a withdrawn striker behind either Papiss Cisse or Demba Ba – it would be worth trying.
What do you think?
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