It has been almost six years (I actually cannot believe it is that long ago) since Hatem Ben Arfa joined Newcastle on a season long loan from Marseille, for the 2010/11 season. A player who had plenty of good and bad press surrounding him. Good in terms of his ability and bad towards his attitude. That first season was cut dramatically short when he suffered a broken leg in an awful challenge from Nigel de Jong. But nevertheless he still signed for Newcastle permanently.
I was very excited about this as in those couple of games he really did show that he had skill and the willingness to try things by taking players on, something that not that many players seem to do very often. He particularly looked threatening in central roles running at centre backs.