Pardew praises 'unplayable' Ben Arfa after Aston Villa win

The attacker scored and set up Yoan Gouffran as Newcastle claimed a narrow 2-1 win at Villa Park, and his manager has backed him to play a role for the France national team
Alan Pardew has labelled Hatem Ben Arfa's goalscoring display against Aston Villa as "unplayable" after the France international helped Newcastle to a 2-1 win at Villa Park on Saturday.

The 26-year-old broke the deadlock in the 18th minute with his second goal in as many Premier League games, slamming home after some fine link-up play from compatriot Loic Remy, before setting up Yoan Gouffran's eventual winner.

Pardew was thrilled with Ben Arfa's contribution and has backed the former Marseille man to earn a spot in France's squad for the World Cup if maintains his current form.

"We carried a lot of offensive threat. We haven't had enough threat, but we've got it now," the Newcastle manager told BBC Sport.

"Hatem Ben Arfa got a lot of headlines last time he scored against Fulham but I thought he did just okay then.

"He was unplayable [against Villa]. Hatem was on fire.

"He has the ability to hold on to the ball and give us a rest, then burst past one or two players.

"If he can get consistency, not only will he be a threat for us, but a threat for France at the World Cup."