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WATCH: Hatem Ben Arfa does his best Messi impression

The France international scored one of the goals of the season against Bolton today.

FRANCE INTERNATIONAL HATEM Ben Arfa has clearly been watching tapes of Messi and Maradona over the past few days.

The Newcastle winger scored an audacious goal earlier today, picking up the ball around the halfway line, before beating numerous Bolton players and finishing coolly when through on goal.

The goal was also of crucial importance to Newcastle, who maintained their push for a European place after beating their opponents 2-0, as Ben Arfa opened the scoring with less than 20 minutes remaining.

And if Ben Arfa can continue to demonstrate such sublime moments of skill, perhaps talk of a Champions League spot for the Magpies may not seem so fanciful.

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