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Joey Barton to Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger in recent years has often been criticized for not being aggressive enough during the transfer window. While the team has always showed the talent and the skill to win, they’ve repeatedly come up short in every competition for far too long. This summer, Arsenal has been linked with their fair share of plausible targets such as Blackburn center back Christopher Samba and Ivorian striker Gervinho from Lille. However, recent reports have speculated that the Gunners may be involved in one of the most bizarre transfer rumors of the summer after being linked with Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton.

Barton is rumored to be unhappy with Newcastle as more players on the roster are being transferred or expected to leave. He admitted, “I don’t want to leave Newcastle, my family is settled in the area, I’ve got a great working relationship with everybody at the club but if someone came in and, hypothetically, offered me Champions League football, whether I’d signed a five, six or seven-year deal at Newcastle, I’d have to consider it.”

While Arsenal has failed to win any trophies for over six years, they have been a consistent top four team who regularly play Champions League football. This could attract him to the Emirates as he would move into their midfield to provide character, experience and depth. He’s a dead ball specialist capable of whipping balls into the box as well as being a tough defender. Barton can provide the fighting spirit needed to inspire others to glory which has eluded Arsenal for far too long. The transfer fee is expected to only be around 1.5 million euros which could be the steal of the summer if he plays well. At 28, Barton still has a lot more years to offer.

However, the cons may simply outweigh the pros as his baggage is extraordinary. Barton’s reputation precedes himself as his actions both on and off the pitch have been simply appalling. His immaturity and volatile temper has to make anyone question whether Wenger can actually control him.

While Barton has been a resurgent figure who has cleaned himself up, one cause for concern is that playing for Arsenal may carry higher expectations and amount more pressure than with Newcastle. The stress to perform on a top team may be too much for Barton to handle. His history shows that he can quickly become a nightmare to handle, which could potentially bring the team down at crucial stretches of the season.

Wenger would be taking quite a gamble in the English bad boy who has hardly ever been recognized for his maturity or attitude. For such a miniscule transfer fee, Arsenal may seemingly have little to lose and much to gain in a tough, veteran English footballer. However, the risk of having a troublemaker like Joey Barton is likely too much to take.

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  1. nyc gooner

    August 2, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Arsenal need Joey Barton. I think he is the holding midfielder they’ve needed
    Since they lost Flamini. He has got everything the gunners need, and he is an
    Englishman. At present Arsenal are light weight in the center of the park he will give them what they’ve been missing a real holding midfielder not
    a makeshift one like Alex Song. He is detetmined and full of passion,
    something the present team totally lack. I think Barton’s agent is right
    Had Arsenal had him last year they’d have won the league. He will
    Bring some true grit into our weak midfield and remind Arsene Wenger that
    he needs some Englishmen in his side besides all these foreigners who play
    pretty football.

  2. Petarsenal

    July 16, 2011 at 5:39 am

    We dont need all those gentle toudler, we need player like joey that has the madness, swagger and the body balance, player that can disposessed is oponent at anytime, check out on people like Roony, cantona and others. No be wenger na d owner.

  3. SoccerLimey

    June 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I would highly doubt that Wenger would take a chance on this guy. As much as his aggression would help that midfield, his unpredictability would drive the Franchman to distraction. I’m not sure either that Barton has the skill to match Arsenal’s quick passing philosophy.

    Now I’d like to see Capello give him a shot…

  4. bigboned

    June 26, 2011 at 3:53 am

    if he’s gonna kick Diaby’s ass every day, I say go get him!

  5. Harry

    June 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Barton is too high a risk to take because he is a troublemaker. He is a decent midfielder for a midtable team but I don’t think he’ll be first choice at Arsenal. If he is left sulking on the bench that could trigger lots of off-field problems. Besides, he just doesn’t fit the Arsenal profile. Don’t see it happening.

  6. Moe

    June 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    honestly, ill take him

  7. MUFC77

    June 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    At 1.5m hes definitely worth the gamble for Arsenal or for any of the top teams for that matter.

  8. Cord4Gooner

    June 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    All fun and games until Joey shoves a lit cigar into young Jack’s eye … Keep this pile of filth away from my Gunners!

  9. James

    June 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Take the risk. Barton could provide the ‘bite’ we have been lacking. At £1.5-2m it’s a no brainer…Barton loves a challenge and really stepped up his game last year.

    What other tough English midfielder with EPL experience is available at this price??? Let’s take him to the next level…maybe he’ll rake us there too!

  10. AmericanGooner

    June 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Any links from reputable sources? I find this one highly unlikely.

    • MUFCforLife

      June 25, 2011 at 11:51 am, Bleacher Report,,, Just Arsenal,, talk and there were a several others as well.

      • Kautzie

        June 26, 2011 at 5:14 am

        He said “reputable source” not “tabloid rag”.

        • MUFCforlife

          June 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

          I report the news in the EPL and give my own opinion of it.

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