I think it’s fair to say that with Hatem Ben Arfa in the side we’d have picked up more points throughout the season than what we have done. Take a look at this and you’ll understand why I think that.
That is Hatem Ben Arfa at his brilliant best against Everton earlier on in the campaign, before had his leg bust in two places by Nigel de Jong obviously.
I’m not saying that he would been like this in every game for us as I’m sure he would have had his share of stinkers, but when he is in this form he can win a match on his own. In fact he won this match on his own to be fair.
We’ll have to wait for next season now to see the lad in action, which is a good thing in hindsight. I’d much prefer he came back at 100% with a full pre-season behind him as opposed to trying to rush him a bit and get him back for a token appearance at the end of the season at a risk of aggravating his injury and potentially keeping him out for a much longer period.
I can’t wait!
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