News ID: 129328
Published: 0650 GMT October 19, 2015

Ben Arfa magic helps Nice to win

Ben Arfa magic helps Nice to win

Former Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa scored a dazzling solo goal to become joint Ligue 1 top scorer as his side Nice recorded a 4-1 win at Rennes.

Ben Arfa, 28, grabbed his seventh this season when he ran on to the ball, entered the area, sold a dummy to a defender and fired in an angled shot, BBC wrote.

It gave Nice a 2-0 lead, which went on to record its fifth league win and move into fifth in the French top flight.

Rennes, meanwhile, moves down to seventh in the table.

The goal saw Ben Arfa join Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi at the top of the scoring charts.

Ben Arfa came into wider prominence when he signed for Newcastle initially on loan in the summer of 2010. His move became permanent in January 2011.

The France international’s time at St James’ Park was a mixture of brilliant individual goals — against Blackburn, Bolton, Everton and Fulham — and reports of being a disruptive influence in the squad.

He was sent on loan to Hull, but he infuriated manager Steve Bruce who claimed the midfielder was “a dreadful waste of real talent”.

Ben Arfa was eventually released from his contract by Newcastle in January 2015, and picked up by Ligue 1 side Nice in the same month.


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