Hatem Ben Arfa spent four years at Newcastle United making 78 appearances and scoring 13 goals, and while he had the ability to get fans off their seats his inconsistencies on the pitch were always a frustration.
Outrageous from Ben Arfa? pic.twitter.com/GYm1zjEgsX
— FourFourTwo ⚽️ (@FourFourTwo) April 7, 2019
There’s no doubt of the 32-year-old’s talent, as he proved again on Sunday when he netted a stunning solo goal for Ligue 1 outfit Rennes, and fans of the Tyneside outfit were quick to react to the wonder-strike.
Since he left St James’ Park he has had an ill-fated spell at PSG sandwiched inbetween a brilliant season for Nice in 2015-16 and spell with Rennes, where where he has made 35 appearances and scored nine goals to date.
As well as having the ability to glide past three or four players he also tended to lose the ball in dangerous areas or fail to pass to teammates better placed.
On Saturday he showed his talent though as he scored two including a sublime individual goal, leading to a mixed reaction from Toon supporters on Twitter.
He’s a total fraud. Had loads of opportunities to pass there and kept running down blind alleys. 1/50 attempts results in anything positive for the team.
— Feesh (@MrFeesh) April 8, 2019
Really I didn’t see any of that when he was here. Another player who did it when he could be bothered.
— Barry (@ground_hogday) April 8, 2019
Don’t miss his attitude though.
— 6944Colin #FBPE (@6944colin) April 8, 2019
Now & again the guy was a genius?
— Solid back four (@Mickc_) April 8, 2019
I miss him full stop
— Jordan Hinds (@JordanHinds7) April 8, 2019
Him and Almiron would do bits for us
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) April 8, 2019