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Offline DJ_NUFC

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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16300 on: Thursday 6 February 2020, 11:17:03 PM »
Still bitter he left, loved watching him

He'd have been perfect in midfield with our 5 at the back formation with Rafa

Never has a foreign player, a Spanish one to boot, adapted to the pace and demands of the Premier League as quickly and effortlessly as this guy. And what a silky treasure he was to watch, as well. Could've been a legend here. Too bad he didn't have the mental toughness to stick it out.

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« Reply #16301 on: Thursday 6 February 2020, 11:25:18 PM »
Still bitter he left, loved watching him

He'd have been perfect in midfield with our 5 at the back formation with Rafa

Never has a foreign player, a Spanish one to boot, adapted to the pace and demands of the Premier League as quickly and effortlessly as this guy.

What, Mikel Merino? Not sure about that like. :lol:
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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16302 on: Thursday 6 February 2020, 11:28:35 PM »
Still bitter he left, loved watching him

He'd have been perfect in midfield with our 5 at the back formation with Rafa

Never has a foreign player, a Spanish one to boot, adapted to the pace and demands of the Premier League as quickly and effortlessly as this guy.

What, Mikel Merino? Not sure about that like. :lol:

I liked him but that's absolutely mad :lol:
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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16303 on: Thursday 6 February 2020, 11:35:03 PM »
Still bitter he left, loved watching him

He'd have been perfect in midfield with our 5 at the back formation with Rafa

Never has a foreign player, a Spanish one to boot, adapted to the pace and demands of the Premier League as quickly and effortlessly as this guy. And what a silky treasure he was to watch, as well. Could've been a legend here. Too bad he didn't have the mental toughness to stick it out.
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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16304 on: Thursday 6 February 2020, 11:52:10 PM »
Still bitter he left, loved watching him

He'd have been perfect in midfield with our 5 at the back formation with Rafa

Never has a foreign player, a Spanish one to boot, adapted to the pace and demands of the Premier League as quickly and effortlessly as this guy. And what a silky treasure he was to watch, as well. Could've been a legend here. Too bad he didn't have the mental toughness to stick it out.

I mean....
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Offline DJ_NUFC

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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16305 on: Friday 7 February 2020, 12:55:46 AM »
You lot can rewrite history but I’ll always stan the Golden Arches, MM. There was a brief period when he was in his pomp where he looked like our midfield answer. Before he broke his back and lost his place. I recall people saying “I don’t care who plays as long as Merino is starting.” History rewriters, all of you.

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« Reply #16306 on: Friday 7 February 2020, 07:51:51 AM »
You lot can rewrite history but I’ll always stan the Golden Arches, MM. There was a brief period when he was in his pomp where he looked like our midfield answer. Before he broke his back and lost his place. I recall people saying “I don’t care who plays as long as Merino is starting.” History rewriters, all of you.

Tend to agree, his first few games at least were Hamann-esque in the way that he came in from a foreign league, and as a midfielder, immediately looked a class above.

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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16307 on: Friday 7 February 2020, 07:57:52 AM »
Yeah, it's a pity what happened with Merino. He went so quickly from being potentially extremely memorable to basically becoming a forgotten man. Diame deciding he was actually Ngolo Kante ruined Merino's career as much as his injury did. :laugh:

Groan. So much hope and promise at the end of that season. Wonder what things would be like now if we'd decided to actually kick on during that summer.

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« Reply #16308 on: Friday 7 February 2020, 08:38:54 AM »
Think for his career it's the best that could have happened.

Offline Geordie Ahmed

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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16309 on: Saturday 8 February 2020, 07:05:27 PM »
Ben Arfa about to come on

No idea why he's wearing number 3

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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16310 on: Saturday 8 February 2020, 07:20:37 PM »
Why not.

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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16311 on: Saturday 8 February 2020, 08:50:27 PM »
So nice seeing him on the pitch again. He moves so uniquely with the ball. He glided past a Vilarreal player on the edge of the box with such ease

Easily my favourite player since the Solano/Robert days

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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16312 on: Saturday 8 February 2020, 08:57:38 PM »
How did he do? Love HBA me, symbol of HOPE  :smitten:
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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16313 on: Saturday 8 February 2020, 09:03:07 PM »
Love him!

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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16314 on: Saturday 8 February 2020, 09:08:21 PM »
Did he run more than the keeper?

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Re: Hatem Ben Arfa - signs for Real Valladolid
« Reply #16315 on: Saturday 8 February 2020, 09:09:40 PM »
Soon as I read he was coming on I got the game on my phone on the metro and watched in anticipation. Similar to joeyt I love the way he moves with the ball.

They should have given him that free kick at the end mind. Love Hatem, favourite ever player.