Hatem Ben Arfa is coming of his last game when he was electric in those last 20 minutes against Fulham, and his goal in the 87th minute got Newcastle all 3 points, and he was given very little room by the Fulham defenders as he broke inside, but he hit the ball with that fantastic left foot of his, and the ball curled into the top left hand corner of the goal – and the fans went absolutely crazy – and so did we.
Ben Arfa after scoring the sensational winner against Fulham
In fact my son Neil sent me a text ”Ben Arfa!!!” about 10 seconds after he had scored – and of course it’s not the first time the 26 year-old has scored a remarkable goal for Newcastle, and if you put together a video of the 12 goals he has scored for Newcastle, it would be terrific entertainment.
Ben Arfa is a special player, and the Newcastle fans just love him to death.
And since the French International arrived at Newcastle, Alan Pardew has made him into a much better player, and Ben Arfa does more work now than he used to, but he still tends to give the ball away in bad places, which puts immediate pressure on the side.
But Pardew is continuing to work with the mercurial one, and there is no doubt he is becoming a better player at Newcastle, and of course he just loves the fans and the 26 year-old seems completely dedicated to Newcastle United.
This is what Alan Pardew told BT Sport about his number 10:
“That’s what we are searching for with Hatem, a little bit more consistency in terms of him winning games, whether it’s an assist or a goal.” ”He has fantastic quality. He is a player the fans love and he certainly got everybody out of their seats the last time.”
“But we need a little bit more than that, more from him, more of those moments.” ”I think he would be the first to admit that that’s what he needs if he is going to break into the French team.” “He has an ability that no other player can match in certain situations, and therefore there is sometimes a down-side to that.”
“But he has worked hard on that down-side in terms of his tactical play and in terms of his work-rate, and he is becoming a complete player.” “If we can keep working on him and making him better, it will be all the better for us and for France.”
Ben Arfa will have seen on Wednesday the way the Geordie fans hold their former great players in such high esteem – and that should inspire Ben Arfa even more.
It’s tough game tomorrow at Aston Villa, but with all the players fit we should be able to field a strong team and a very strong bench too.
Not sure if Ben Arfa can produce that little bit of magic for the second game running, but hey – take a look at what he did 13 days ago – and be happy.
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