Hatem ben Arfa, Rennes

Hatem ben Arfa's Rennes-aissance

Publish on 20/11/2020 at 11:00 - I. HOLYMAN


Hatem ben Arfa comes up against former side Stade Rennais on Friday - ligue1.com looks at the fabulous 2018/19 season the new Girondins de Bordeaux signing enjoyed in Brittany.

After the end of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, the attacking midfielder opted to relaunch his career in Rennes. By Round 9, he clearly felt at home as he set up the first and scored the second in a 2-1 win in Monaco. Further goals came against Montpellier, Lyon — the club where he first made his name — Dijon and Saint-Etienne — you can see some of those strikes below.



The best was yet to come. In a 3-3 draw against Angers, the France international brought up the 40-goal milestone in the top flight with a real collector's item of a strike.


"Hatem's goal was extraordinary," said an admiring Rennes boss, Julien Stéphan. "It had everything: talent, subtlety and intelligence."


WATCH: Ben Arfa's incredible solo strike against Angers

Ben Arfa ended his one and only season in Rouge-et-Noir with seven goals and two assists in 26 league games, and added a Coupe de France winner's medal to his collection, helping Rennes beat PSG in a dramatic final.


Now aged 33, the former Newcastle United man returned to France last summer after a difficult spell in Spain and is still looking for his first goal for Les Girondins. Could he break his duck against familiar foes on Friday?


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