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Greatest Newcastle French Winger, Ben Arfa v Laurent Robert? – Video

12 years ago

Hatem Ben Arfa is in the middle of  a purple patch at Newcastle United but is he the club’s greatest ever French winger?

He’s scored some outstanding goals in a limited number of matches but does he deserve yet to be ranked above David Ginola and Laurent Robert?

In his first four months Ginola was unbelievable, it was like the ball was stuck to his feet as Premier League defenders couldn’t get near him, you have to say though that an overall record of only 6 goals in 58 Newcastle matches is a poor return, no matter how entertaining he was.

Hatem Ben Arfa has actually already overtaken Ginola in the goals stakes but has some way to go if he is to better Laurent Robert’s fabulous 30 goals in 129 games.

Like Ben Arfa, Robert was a ‘quirky’ character but one other similarity was that he didn’t score many tap-ins either!

However, as well as his many assists, especially for Shearer, Laurent Robert’s stock goal was a long range screamer – often from free-kicks.

Watch this class video footage and decide for yourself whether Ben Arfa still has some catching up to do with Laurent Robert.

The odd clip of Robert’s dribbling has echoes of Ben Arfa, if Hatem can add Robert style free-kicks then that would be a massive bonus.

Sit back and enjoy the original Hatem Ben Arfa, another player who the word ‘entertainer’ was made for, another classic video, courtesy of The Mag’s YouTube Channel
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