The highlight of the season so far for Newcastle is the form of Hatem Ben Arfa, our French International midfielder, and if some of our other top players had shown the same form, we could have had 9 points from our first three games rather than just four.
Ben Arfa – what a goal on Sunday – it warms the heart!
And Ben Arfa has already got Newcastle at least 3 point so far this season – by first getting the penalty against Tottenham and then scoring from it in the first game that turned a potential draw into all 3 points – and then on Sunday with that simply magnificent goal, scored with his right foot – the one he usually just stands on.
Alan Pardew has no doubts he is the best player at Newcastle right now, so it must be official, as the Newcastle manager had this to say to the local press today:
“Hatem’s really on fire for us at the moment.” “He was the real highlight of the game against Aston Villa.” “He’s just a special talent. He’s been our best player.”
“He’s always been a massive talent in France – his technique sets him apart.” “He’s got great power in both feet, and defenders just don’t know which foot to show him on to. He’s a fantastic player for us.”
“Fortunately for us he’s not with the French squad, so we have him for another couple of weeks. We’ll wrap him in cotton wool and wait for Everton.”
“He scored an absolute peach of a goal.” “It was probably the only way we were going to be that goalie, Brad Guzan – he came in and was a little inspired. You could tell.”
“Some people would have crumbled under that pressure of replacing Shay.” “But he grabbed it by the horns, and looked comfortable – it was going to take a wonder goal to beat him.”
Ben Arfa has in fact played very well all year after a so-so start to last season, after he was coming back from that terrible double fracture of his left leg.
And he didn’t become a first team regular until January, but he is now playing some of his very best football, and is the type of player who gets the supporters paying their money at the turnstiles to see him play.
We’re not sure how much Ben Arfa cost Newcastle from Marseilles, but the highest figure quoted is £5M – and he’s worth every penny of that – and we profiled three of his goals this morning in an earlier article.
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