Hatem Ben Arfa has thanked the ‘exceptional’ Newcastle fans for a ‘beautiful story’.

Asked about what he would take from his time on Tyneside, Hatem says that St. James’ Park is something really special when it ‘explodes’.

hatem ben arfaThe now ex-Newcastle midfielder picks out the goal against Bolton as one of his favourite ever goals, when he ran from his own half beating half the visiting team.

Hatem Ben Arf believes his time at Newcastle United was a rewarding one which helped him grow, though we don’t think he was specifically referring to Greggs on this occasion…

Hatem Ben Arfa when speaking to La Parisien;

“At the front of my mind is a beautiful story with exceptional fans.

“When St. James’ Park explodes it is something really special.”

Newcastle helped me grow…;

“I keep the goals, including the one against Bolton – that is one of my favourites.

“I lived a rewarding experience that helped me to grow.”