The game this afternoon against 4th bottom Crystal Palace was very pedestrian and not very exciting, and while both sides had chances to score, Newcastle had a lot more of the chances, but we missed them all until three minutes into stoppage time.
Ben Arfa – made the difference today
And in a game like this, where there wasn’t too much class on display, it often takes a bit of that class to win the game.
And Newcastle brought on a class player after 59 minutes, and it was the first appearance of Ben Arfa since the terrible Tottenham defeat, when he did not have a good game.
And this afternoon Ben Arfa put in a beautiful cross that enabled Papiss Cisse to head the ball into the net in stoppage time, and it was 3 points for Newcastle.
It was a second league goal for Papiss Cisse this season, and his fourth goal overall, and another assist from the mercurial 27 year-old French International.
It’s in a boring and uninspired game like this, that a player with Ben Arfa’s skill can make the difference, and he made the difference today, that’s for sure.
We hope Newcastle decide to keep Ben Arfa this summer, and offer him a new deal, since at the end of June he will have only one year left on his current contract.
And Ben Arfa has another eight games left to help Newcastle put in a strong finish in the league, and maybe the Frenchman can start up front with Papiss Cisse on Tuesday night against Everton at home?
And the French winger is an entertainer, and Newcastle fans just love players like Hatem Ben Arfa.
What do you think?