Despite the English hardman Joey Barton’s antipathy towards many Arsenal players, Arsene Wenger is still a great admirer of his “English grit” and has decided to try and sign him again this summer if QPR get relegated.
Barton again put in an excellent performance against the Gunners yesterday as QPR put a block on Arsenal’s attempt to make it eight wins in a row in the Premier League, and it looked like Wenger’s team was being “bullied” by Mark Hughes tactics.
Barton revealed that Arsenal were in talks to sign him last summer, although that was strenuously denied by Wenger, and the QPR star has revealed that he has a clause in his contract to allow him to move on for free if the team get relegated back down to the Championship.
Barton said after yesterday’s game: “I bet Wenger regrets not taking me on last summer, but if my current team go back down then I may grant Arsenal the chance to use my exceptional talents next season.”
Many pundits think that Arsenal are too “nice” or “fragile” to win a trophy, but surely with Barton in the team they could have been a little more resilient?