Son Heung-Min scored one of the goals of the season for Tottenham against Burnley on Saturday – and it reminded a lot of people of goal that was scored by a Newcastle player seven years ago.
The South Korean forward picked the ball up on the edge of his own box, then about 10 seconds later he was off celebrating. He initially looked to find Dele Alli, but with his teammate marked, Son drove forward with electric pace through a sea of Burnley players before neatly finishing past Nick Pope.
It was a stunning goal. The speed and distance he travelled with the ball was amazing, then he had the composure to find the back of the net.
Some have toasted it as one of the finest goals scored in Premier League history, but a lot of people on Twitter think a similar strike was scored at St James’ Park back in 2012.
It was the 9th April, and Alan Pardew’s high-flying Newcastle side welcomed Bolton Wanderers to the north east. A piece of individual brilliance sparked the game into life in the 73rd minute, when Hatem Ben Arfa scored a sublime solo goal.
The Frenchman picked up possession in his own half with his back to goal. His first touch was a Cruyff turn, taking a Bolton player out of the game. He raced towards the Gallowgate, past three despairing purple shirts before slotting the ball into the bottom left corner.
Amazingly, it wasn’t even his best goal in a Newcastle shirt – that came in the FA Cup against Blackburn.
So which goal was better: Son or Ben Arfa? The Tottenham forward ran further, whereas the Newcastle hero’s goal included a wonderful piece of skill. We’ll let you decide…
Fans think Son was copying Ben Arfa with his solo goal
Ben Arfa was doing this when Son was sitting his GCSE’s man ⚫️⚪️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/T2KS0DjbMD
— Rob Watt (@RobWatt1992) December 8, 2019
HM Son giving me Haten Ben Arfa va Bolton flashbacks with that insane solo goal
— Ole Out (@FootyProphet97) December 7, 2019
Son Heung-min channeling his inner Hatem Ben Arfa with his goal earlier! #NUFC
— SuperSchär #AshleyOut (@SuperSchar) December 7, 2019
— John Dixon (@DickoNortheast) December 7, 2019
Shades of Ben Arfa vs Bolton in Son’s goal there
— Matt 〽️ (@OzilFlickkk) December 7, 2019
All the chatter about Son’s goal? Meh… Hatem Ben Arfa did it better.
— TF (@stanmo1992) December 7, 2019
Son must’ve been watching Ben Arfa’s newcastle highlights last night
— Jordan 🍿 (@Jinxyy97) December 7, 2019