Hatem Ben Arfa will always divide football fans.
This is especially the case at Newcastle United, even though it is four and a half years since the enigmatic winger/playmaker pulled on a black and white top, Newcastle fans still debate his merits.
What shouldn’t be in dispute though, is that football is a better place with him involved.
Hatem Ben Arfa got himself into a right mess at PSG, meaning that he hadn’t played any competitive football since a cup game for PSG against Avranches, the former Newcastle playing scoring twice in a 4-0 win.
However, after a 533 days absence, Ben Arfa took to the pitch once again on Thursday night.
Joining Rennes earlier this month, last night they were playing Czech club FC Jablonec in the Europa League.
Leading through a stunning Ismaila Sarr volley (worth watching below), Rennes were pegged back in the 54th minute.
With the score at 1-1, Hatem Ben Arfa was introduced with 25 minutes to go, his first football since that 5 April 2017 cup game for PSG.
The final seconds saw Rennes awarded a penalty and happy to take the responsibility for his new club, Hatem stepped up and as cool as ever, slotted the spot-kick away (watch below).
Rennes have had an average start to the season and are currently ninth in Ligue 1, interesting to see whether at the age of 31 and after such a long absence without competitive football, Hatem Ben Arfa can step up once again.