The former Newcastle United winger is causing a stir on Tyneside once more - without even being there.
Hatem Ben Arfa is a name Newcastle fans had hoped they would stop hearing. Whether they were fed up of the Frenchman or sick of thinking about a creative forward the club had let go for free (there are plenty pitched in both camps), supporters would have hoped to see the 28-year-old finally disappear off the Newcastle radar.
Naturally, Ben Arfa has now netted six goals in his last eight games in Ligue 1 - playing for Nice - including a trademark effort where he beat several hapless defenders before slotting home.
Twitter has responded, with plenty of the Magpies faithful expressing their disdain that Ben Arfa was ever allowed to leave St James' Park. And the winger's antics also prompted plenty of anti Remy Cabella and Florian Thauvin tweets.
Indeed, when looking at it that way, it seems Newcastle may as well have kept faith with Ben Arfa, based on the evidence so far shown by both Cabella and Thauvin.
That said, there were plenty of fans groaning about... other fans who were jumping on the 'Ben Arfa bandwagon.' The biggest thing to consider is this: the 28-year-old is playing in a league where Thauvin and Cabella both looked unstoppable. Maybe that's why all three couldn't/arguably can't hack it in the Premier League. Ligue 1 isn't exactly the standard bearer of modern football...
Either way, here's what Newcastle fans said about Ben Arfa's wondergoal and performance generally on Twitter...
Can we somehow bring Ben Arfa back? Please McClaren? #NUFC— NUFC (@alfathtauhid) September 27, 2015
Amazing. 6 goals in 8 games in the French league and suddenly the fans want Ben Arfa back. #nufc <groaaaaaan>— Jonathan Grieve (@jonniegrieve) September 27, 2015
Hatem Ben Arfa's form and goals make me both happy and want to cry at the same time #nufc— Andy Smith (@Andaaii) September 27, 2015
HBA scores again. Big mistake letting him go IMO. The we signed Cabella and Thauvin : ( #nufc— Lee Gibson (@Leegibnufc) September 27, 2015
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