Loads of Newcastle fans watched their former star Hatem Ben Arfa help rip Arsenal to shreds on Thursday night, and they’re calling for the club to bring him “home”.
This isn’t the first time Newcastle fans have yearned to have prime Ben Arfa gliding across the turf once again at St. James’ Park, but this was perhaps his most eye-opening performance since leaving the club due to the opposition.
The former French international, who scored 14 times and added 16 assists in 86 games for the Magpies, left Tyneside permanently in 2015, and has sandwiched a very unsuccessful spell at PSG between two impressive stints for OGC Nice and now Stade Rennais.
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Stade Rennais, or Rennes, beat Arsenal 3-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, and despite not getting on the scoresheet Ben Arfa was running the show.
Even at 32, he drew four fouls, managed three shots, all of which were on target, and also completed three key passes and a remarkable nine successful dribbles, per Whoscored.
The Magpies still don’t have many creative players in their side, and the Twitter reactions down below are desperate to re-sign their former hero…
Ben Arfa just went past Torreira like he wasn’t there… Wish he was still here #NUFC
— Dan (@DZ1892) March 7, 2019
Why didn’t we get Ben Arfa back last summer man. Imagine him, Almiron and Rondon as our front 3 ? #NUFC
— Steve McKenna (@SteveMcKenna_) March 8, 2019
I want Ben arfa back 🙁 #nufc
— Lee (@leebellmusic) March 8, 2019
— Harry Wilding (@HarryWilding_) March 7, 2019
I miss Ben Arfa ?? #NUFC
— Davez (@davez2010) March 7, 2019
— Richard Linley (@LinleysLessons) March 7, 2019
Hatem Ben Arfa orchestrates another fantastic win. Even with “2015/16’s most wanted signing” Clemient Grenier in the team. Bring him home
— . (@mcgt06part2) March 7, 2019