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Hatem Ben Arfa is in the running for FIFA's goal of the year award.

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Hatem Ben Arfa: In good company on FIFA shortlist

Hatem Ben Arfa: In good company on FIFA shortlist

The Newcastle winger is shortlisted for the Puskas Award for his solo effort in January's FA Cup tie with Blackburn.

Lionel Messi is also among the 10 nominees for one of his hat-trick goals in Argentina's 4-3 victory over Brazil in June.

Santos' Brazil international Neymar and Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao are others shortlisted along with Mexico women's international Olivia Jimenez.

The 10 contenders will be reduced to three on 29 November after a vote on the FIFA website, and the award will be handed out at the Ballon d'Or gala on 7 January, 2013.

Puskas Award nominees:

Agyemang Badu - Ghana v Guinea, 1 February

Hatem Ben Arfa - Newcastle v Blackburn, 7 January

Radamel Falcao - Atletico Madrid v America de Cali, 19 May

Eric Hassli - Vancouver Whitecaps v Toronto FC, 16 May

Olivia Jimenez - Mexico v Switzerland, 22 August

Gaston Mealla - Nacional Potosi v The Strongest, 29 January

Lionel Messi - Argentina v Brazil, 9 June

Neymar - Santos v Internacional, 7 March

Moussa Sow - Fenerbahce v Galatasaray, 17 March

Miroslav Stoch - Fenerbahce v Genclerbirligi, 3 March

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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