VIDEO: Hatem Ben Arfa scores sensational goal after mazy run

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Hatem Ben Arfa is a mercurial talent.

He’s either on it or he’s not, and on Sunday, he was most definitely on it.

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The Nice attacker picked up the ball 40-yards out and pulled off an audacious spin move to get past his marker. Ben Arfa, 28, then beat five more Saint Etienne defenders with sublime trickery before firing the ball low into the far corner.

Nice won the game 4-1 as they continue their good start to the Ligue 1 season with the club from the French Riveria in seventh spot after winning four of their opening eight games.

As for Ben Arfa, the man who showed flashes of brilliance for Newcastle but was then sent out on loan to Hull City after fitness issues and other off-the-field incidents, he has now scored six goals in his first eight games back in Ligue 1 this season.

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Has the former Lyon and Marseille maverick finally settled down as he aims to get back in the French squad for the 2016 European Championships in France next summer?

If he keeps scoring goals like this, Didier Deschamps won’t be able to ignore him.