TALENTED and temperamental, Hatem Ben Arfa has long been an enigma.
And maybe, just maybe, Alan Pardew has finally cracked his code.
Certainly, Ben Arfa’s been instrumental in Newcastle United’s five-game winning streak, a run which has put the club back in the Champions League reckoning.
And The Sports Direct Arena will not have seen too many better goals than the one scored by him in yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.
In fact, few stadiums in the world will have seen a better individual effort this season. It was that good.
Read Miles Starforth’s full match report, including more on Ben Arfa’s wonder goal, in today’s Sportmail.