The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to their club’s tweet, looking back over their last win at Goodison Park in 2010, courtesy of a sublime strike from Hatem Ben Arfa. The creative midfielder is set to be without a club when his PSG contract expires at the end of the season and the Magpies wouldn’t mind seeing him make a St. James Park return in the summer.
Newcastle United last won at Goodison Park back in September 2010.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) 23 April 2018
The 31-year-old only has one big contract left in him at his age, and the Newcastle fans propping our bar up wouldn’t say no if their club reached out to the maverick Frenchman. Despite having attitude problems and not playing football in over a year in the French capital, the Geordies would warm to Ben Arfa. His history with the club spans four years as he joined the club from Marseille, initially on loan, in summer 2010 before ending his contract with the club in January 2015.
Ben Arfa has scored some very memorable goals for the Magpies. His goal against Everton at Goodison Park in 2010 was obviously a moment for the fans to savour. Although his strike against Bolton in 2012 takes the cake. The wonder solo-goal for Newcastle against Bolton has gone down in Premier League history, although it was beaten to the goal of the season award by his Geordie teammate Papiss Cisse strike against Chelsea. At the moment though, the fans will be hoping they can extend their club’s winning run to five matches as they travel to Merseyside tonight, chasing a win without the brilliance of Ben Arfa.
You can read our local Geordies’ verdict on Ben Arfa here:
Bring him home
— Jonny Martin (@JonnyMartin1) April 23, 2018
He looks useful. We should probably sign him.
— Dan Thomas (@dan_thom) April 23, 2018
— Ryan Hood (@HoodRyan) 23 April 2018
We started that season well, but that Ben Arfa goal felt like the club had really turned a corner. Exciting young player which went on strike to move to us. Scores that on his first start. Started to feel like we were becoming the club we should have been.
— Andrew McVittie (@Andrew_McVittie) April 23, 2018
— Adam Dobson (@Adamdobson1Adam) April 23, 2018
The scenes in that concourse at half time
— Peter (@gooseneck1892) 23 April 2018
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@damonmarcon I just get sad watching Benny highlights now
— Brett Wilde (@BrettxWilde) April 23, 2018