Hatem Ben Arfa

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Newcastle United forward Hatem Ben Arfa was presented with his Budweiser Player of the Round award before Saturday's FA Cup tie at Brighton.

The Frenchman picked up the trophy following his goalscoring performance against Blackburn Rovers in the third round of the famous cup competition earlier in January.

Polling 43 per cent of the votes, Ben Arfa was instrumental in Newcastle coming from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over Rovers, and bagged the equaliser with a wonder goal, weaving past six challenges before firing home into the roof of the net.

As well as receiving the award, Ben Arfa will also be invited to the FA Cup final at Wembley in May as a guest of the FA and Budweiser.