89% pass accuracy but Hull City star must do much better overall

Hull City KC Stadium at night

Looking at the performance of Hull City's Hatem Ben Arfa against Arsenal.

Hatem Ben Arfa started for Hull City against Arsenal on Saturday, but despite the Tigers leaving North London with a fine draw, the Frenchman did not have a game of any real note.

The on-loan Newcastle United man did have a passing accuracy of 88.89 per cent, which away to Arsenal is not bad at all. But that statistic aside, Ben Arfa made few contributions. 

A single key pass and four dribbles were the sum total of his creative output, with no goal-scoring attempts in the 90 minutes.

  Pass AccuracyGoalsGoal AssistKey PassesTotal Scoring AttemptsOn-target Scoring AttemptsDribblesMins
Hatem Ben Arfa 88.89% 0 0 1 0 0 4 90

It was always going to take the player time to settle at Hull and get back to his best, given that he had hardly featured in his later time at St James' Park, but he must start upping his game if his signing is to prove the master-stroke many hailed it to be when he arrived back in September.

Ben Arfa had relatively little impact in defensive areas either, failing to win a single tackle, making one interception and three effective clearances.  And while the likes of Abel Hernandez and Mohamed Diame have shone for Hull since their summer moves, the man tipped to outperform them all still has a long way to go.

  Won TackleInterception WonEffective ClearanceMins
Hatem Ben Arfa 0 1 2 90

Ben Arfa has the talent; there is absolutely no doubt about that.  But he is now fit enough to play entire games against sides such as Arsenal, so his innate ability must shine through in the weeks and months to come.

In short, it is over to him now to show just what he can do... 

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