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New Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has revealed how close he was to joining Arsenal when he left Newcastle in 2011.
Barton was one with so much controversies surrounding his career which to some extent had a negative effect in his development. He has now revealed it was one of the controversies that ended his chances of moving to Arsenal.
The new Burnley man claims Wenger held a serious interest in him and tried to bring him to the Emirates in 2011. However, he joined QPR who gained promotion to the Premier League that summer.
Despite claiming Arsenal were interested in signing him, he admitted he never had talks with Wenger over a move.
“Intermediaries spoke on their behalf,” he told FourFourTwo as quoted by Football365, about Arsenal’s interest in his services.
“There was definitely some low-level interest, and before I got sent off against Arsenal [in a fixture in August 2011], when the thing with Gervinho happened, I was due to hold some form of discussions with them. But then it never came to be.
“Would I have liked to have played for Arsenal? Of course. Who wouldn’t?”
Would you have liked Barton at Arsenal? The answer is hell no for me. We can say we dodged a bullet by not making a move for the defender as we could have been stuck with a player who has a bad attitude had we signed him.
Barton made his debut for Burnley in their 1-0 win against Southampton last weekend, scoring his team’s only goal. He is also in line to face Arsenal this weekend when they come to the Emirates.