Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal came close to signing midfielder Gareth Barry in 2009, but that the player elected to join Manchester City instead (via The Mirror).
He’s the sort of player which every football pundit around seems to have linked Arsenal with signing in the past.
Gareth Barry has been a hugely important player for every Premier League club he has played for in the last 20 years and he could make history against Arsenal on Monday night.
Barry is currently level with Ryan Giggs on 632 Premier League appearances, the most in history, and will overtake the Welshman if he plays at the Emirates on Monday.
Now, Arsene Wenger has revealed that he could have played even more games at the Emirates had Arsenal signed him when they were interested back in 2009.
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“We were interested in him, yes,” Wenger revealed in his pre-match press conference. “When he moved from Villa to City, but at the time City were the big investor, their finance was superior to ours.”
It’s a shame that we never got a chance to see Gareth Barry in an Arsenal shirt. He’s not the flashiest player in the Premier League but would’ve provided some much-needed stability to a midfield which featured Denilson and Alex Song.