Joey Barton, a rumoured target for the Gunners over the past summer, has revealed that his confrontation with Gervinho during the opening game of the season, which led to the Arsenal man being sent off, ruined a possible move to Emirates Stadium.
Barton believes that the argument ended any chance of him joining the North London side, and believes that if the situation had been handled differently then that row wouldn’t have taken place. Barton eventually left Newcastle United for Queens Park Rangers last month and has excelled.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Barton said: “If I hadn’t played against Arsenal on the first day, I may have signed for them.
“There were a couple of conversations [with Wenger] but that’s different to actually signing. The Gervinho incident happened and there’s nothing I can do about it now.
“If it happened again, I’d like to think I’d deal with it differently. Things happen for a reason and there’s a lesson to be learned from it. Right now, we sit above Arsenal in the table – hopefully that’s the case in May.”
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Although Barton has impressed, he wouldn’t have been as useful to Arsenal as say Arteta who technically very good and fits into Arsenals style of play and is an excellent role model for younger players, where as Barton is less so.
What are your thoughts, should Arsenal had more of an interest in Barton?