It was a sign of things to come as in Ben Arfa’s time on Tyneside he developed the penchant for the spectacular.
Tiote, on the other hand, was a powerful presence in midfield throughout and he went on to become one of Newcastle’s most important players until he departed the club in 2017 and later sadly passed away while training for Beijing Enterprise in China.
Both Ben Arfa and Tiote will never be forgotten on Tyneside for different reasons.
See the best of the reaction below.
— Chris Tatum ???? (@christatum49) September 18, 2019
He was mad with the ball at his feet
— harry (@harrygov31) September 18, 2019
Ben arfa could fire off a rocket with barely a swing of the leg, the shot would come out of nowhere.
— Peter ???????? ???????? (@Rea_ctor) September 19, 2019
These Newcastle fans are drooling over Ben Arfa and how special he was.
What a talent he could have been up there with the very best
— Paul Reilly (@PauloHill16) September 18, 2019
What player he could have been great on the ball but not a team player and went missing when we didn’t have the ball ! What a waste of talent
— Tony Cornfoot (@Tonyc1234) September 18, 2019
Other Toon fans are lamenting Ben Arfa for wasting his talent.
Great day this ????????
— Steve (@alinde_mc) September 18, 2019
Good times ❤
— Tom Hadwin (@TomHadwin2) September 18, 2019
I was there. Amazing.
— Paul Prior (@PriorPaul) September 18, 2019
Finally, some Toon supporters just remember that brilliant day at Goodison.