“With a single touch, he silenced a stadium.” Why I love… Hatem Ben Arfa

There was a brief time during Alan Pardew’s regrettably long stint at Newcastle United that things were pretty good. Before the excuses, the headbutts, the Cabellas and Rivieres, there was a moment when the sun shone down on St. James' Park.

In the 2011/12 Premier League season, the people running Newcastle seemed to get things right. Pardew assembled a half decent team early in the window: Yohann Cabaye came from Lille for under £5m and hit the ground running, Demba Ba dropped in for nowt and scored freely until Papiss Cisse turned up and started scoring instead. Newcastle finished fifth, only narrowly missing out on the top-four.

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