It is easy to forget just what a massive figure he was back in France before we signed him, one of the golden boys of his generation who had lost his way.
Even though he’s just turned twenty five, Hatem has won the French title with both Lyon and Marseilles as well as playing Champions League football against the likes of Manchester United.
A real talent that we are so lucky to have at Newcastle and there’s nothing better than going to the match and wondering what a player of his flair might do next.
Watch this video to see where it all began with Hatem Ben Arfa – the child genius.
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