Landed at the Girondins this fall after a complicated last season, Hatem Ben Arfa has already shown himself to his advantage under the scapular jersey.
There are few reasons to rejoice for Bordeaux supporters. At war against President Frédéric Longuépée, in office for only a year and whose departure they are demanding, they saw Jean-Louis Gasset’s troops experience a complicated first half of the season. After 17 days, Bordeaux must therefore be content with a 13th place in the League 1 standings and is notably among the worst attacks in the championship with only 18 goals scored in 17 matches.
The Girondins nevertheless observed a glow this fall with the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa. Without a club since his very brief adventure in Valladolid, joined last winter after more than six months without playing and where he had to be content with only five appearances and 159 minutes of play, the former Rennais arrived in early October and gave back a little sparkle on the Bordeaux attack.
Only Neymar and Lionel Messi do better
The difference is hardly noticeable on a collective level with 12 goals scored in the 11 matches played by the native of Clamart against six in the six games played before his arrival. The international tricolor nonetheless displays interesting statistics with already 2 goals and 4 assists. The international tricolor also delivers an average of 2.1 key passes per game. Only four players do better in Ligue 1: Memphis depay (2.4), Teji Savanier (2.4), Angel Di Maria (2,3) and Adil Aouchiche (2.2).
And despite his 33 years, Hatem Ben Arfa is still very comfortable in the art of dribbling. With 4.2 successful dribbles per match, it has indeed the third best ratio among the five major European leagues. And the two players names that precede it rank you as a player: Neymar, master of the field with 5.7 dribbles per game, and Lionel messi, who is ahead of him by a short header with 4.3 dribbles per game.
The classification of Ligue 1