The midfielder admits he wants to become a Geordies legend.
Ben Arfa told the Evening Chronicle: "When I first came here, we were training and Peter Beardsley joined in.
"I said to him 'You are a very good player'.
"Then a few people told me about him.
"I went home and typed his name into You Tube and I was amazed at how good he was - he was amazing.
"Maybe I shouldn't be surprised that he is still amazing at 51!
"He's a big player and I would like to be like him."