What we’ve seen recently is a player who has retained that ability to pull off the spectacular whilst also being able to work for the team. A truly remarkable feat for the one time “enfant terrible” and whoever is responsible for that needs a huge pat on the back.
Ben Arfa is no longer a luxury player. He is now a team player with added luxury and it’s Newcastle United who are reaping the benefits of this. The amount of fantastic stuff he has done is hard to put in words, so I found this video which does it far better than my words ever could!
He is really turning it on now and there is a genuine sense of anticipation that builds in the crowd every time he gets the ball at his feet. Some of the stuff featured in that video is truly remarkable, although my personal favourite is the bit where he put the ambitious Jose Enrique on his backside!
This is Ben Arfa’s best season in terms of assists, and he needs one more goal to equal his best ever goal return. On current form I’d go as far to say that it’s a matter of when and not if Ben Arfa can beat his own best.
Long may it continue!