If you look up the word “enigma” in the dictionary, Hatem Ben Arfa‘s picture really should accompany the official definition, which, by the way, is “a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.”
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You remember Ben Arfa, right? If you do, then you’ve asked yourself countless times, “Why is he the way that he is?” In other words, there might be no more than a few dozen players in the world with more footballing talent than the 28-year-old Frenchman, but his maturity and mindset never seemed to match up.
On Monday, Ben Arfa, who now plays for Ligue 1 side Nice, did something very, very similar to the wonder goals linked above, only to see his latest bit of magic snuffed out on the goal line.
That’s six defenders that Ben Arfa slaloms past before the ball is ultimately cleared off the line. I’m fairly certain the flubbed shot was more of an intentional dummy than a whiff on Ben Arfa’s part, which would have only added to the brilliance we were all so cruelly denied.