Arsene Wenger has ruled out a move for controversial Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton– a player he has recently described as ‘great’.
The 28-year-old, who is available on a free this summer, was centre of attention when the two sides drew 0-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday after instigating a mass brawl which saw Gunners debutant Gervinho sent off.
Wenger was quoted in The Guardian stating:
‘Nobody dismisses signing Joey Barton but I don’t think we envisage doing that at the moment.’
‘I like the courage of the player. He’s a good player. Sometimes there’s trouble with his temper but he’s a great player.’
He jovially added:
‘Maybe the way to sort Barton out is to sign him. Maybe that’s the solution.’
Barton has been linked with a move to the Emirates and White Hart Lane on the basis that both club have soft underbellies. Arsenal’s midfield used to be a tough act under the Invincibles but Tottenham haven’t had anyone to consistently boss the their squad in 2o years.
Barton might have ‘issues’ but mark these words; as Spurs and Arsenal struggle to make the top four this season, just you watch Newcastle benefit from the unsophisticated talents of Joseph Barton.