Aug 01

Would YOU want to see Joey Barton at Arsenal?

Newcastle today announced that Joey Barton has been placed on the transfer list, while his agent revealed that two London-based clubs have already approached him.

At 28-years-old, Barton still has a lot to offer. Being a dead-ball specialist as well as an aggressive and rugged midfielder, the former Man City player would bring to Arsenal some of what they currently lack – character, experience and depth.

However, Barton’s reputation speaks for itself and immediately calls into question whether signing him would disrupt the dressing room environment. Known for being an English bad-boy with a catalogue of violent offences and poor behaviour, Barton has proved to be a nightmare to handle for his former managers.

Although no-one can deny that Barton would improve Arsenal in various ways as well as being a bargain, many Gooners will feel that a move to north London may prove more of a gamble than a solution.

Would you like to see Joey Barton join Arsenal this summer?

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67 Responses to “Would YOU want to see Joey Barton at Arsenal?”

  1. GunnerMacedonia says:

    for all of you who appear to not like him, i just have to ask you WHAT ARE YOU THINKING> WHERE IS YOUR HEAD? every big club has a player who fights for the team, who reacts to the ref, who lifts the crowd when the team is down, who lifts the PLAYERS when they are down, and right now i dont think we have one.
    a few months ago, even wenger said that there are no leaders in the team, that theyt are wth their heads down when we are losing and everyones quiet. so? joey barton would be loud,he just might motivate like mourinho himself.
    manchester utd had neville, scholes, rio, chelsea have terry, lampard, city has de jong, balotelli and we have none, not a single player who would add fear in the opponents. i think he would be a great signing, you cant expect mata, cahill, jagialka or samba(maybe) to be real leaders to the team

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  2. Danish Gooner says:

    Joey Barton is a sociopat maybe even borderline psycopath and a racist.I would kick him to the curb if he was in my family and if he signs for Arsenal it will be the end of my support untill he is gone.

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  3. Danish Gooner says:

    Ohh and a horrible footballer too.

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  4. RobM says:

    @GunnerMacedonia:

    What I’m thinking right now is that I’m aware of his back story and you apparently are not. In the past he’s shown himself more likely to fight his own players than to fight for them. He’s less a leader and more of a bully.

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  5. Bakri says:

    Barton will be the best midfielder for arsenal . a real lion.Give him a chance he has learned from his mistake and has the potenial to be a world class player

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  6. AidanGooner says:

    He is not a leader on the pitch, far from it. What you are describing there when you talk about lifting heads around him is a player like Vieira or Adams not Joey Barton. Barton is a thug- plain and simply. Mooning the crowd, assaulting people in the street and players on the pitch, even his teamates in training. Do you not think there is a reason Newcastle want rid of him asap, even waiving a transfer fee? I for one certainly wouldn’t even welcome Balotelli or Terry to Arsenal, let alone Joey Barton. We have got rid of two of our disruptive players in Adebayor and Gallas, now you want to bring Joey Barton in? Really? I know Arsenal need a leader, and I know the likes of Vieira/Adams who literally dish out regular advice on the pitch, are hard to come by, but we have also had great players over the years like Henry and Wrighty who inspire through enthusiasm, ability, drive for success and desire to be on an Arsenal pitch. With the likes of Wilshere, Sczeseny, Gibbs and hopefully others becoming regular starters after being at Arsenal from a young age, we will shortly, fingers crossed, have plenty of talented players on the pitch who live and breathe Arsenal.

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  7. GunnerMacedonia says:

    @RobM: i am well aware of his past, i do know about his fight with dabo and nasri and last year diaby, so what? he is 28, at newcastle he got mature, there were no problems(as far as i know), and in the end, you want quiet players like we do have to bottle it again or real fighters? give the guy a chance

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  8. RobM says:

    @GunnerMacedonia:

    I just think there’s a middle ground between bottlers and people who stub out cigars in other people’s eyes. But that’s just me. You disagree, clearly. Fair enough. You want to give the guy a chance? He’s had no end of them in my opinion.

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  9. @deezypd says:

    As much as i agree that Barton is a brute. Nothing more then a thug, I wouldn’t mind a thug right now in the lack lustre central midfield that Arsenal have. Yes we have plenty of flair, but if he’s going to be free, we might as well take a player thats going to operate as an enforcer.

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  10. eldiablo says:

    Joey Barton would be a great addition to Arsenal, he has all the experience needed at Arsenal plus he is a real Dog fighter ,bring him to Arsenal Wenger

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  11. sale jerseys says:

    Joey Barton would be a great addition to Arsenal, he has all the experience needed at Arsenal plus he is a real Dog fighter ,bring him to Arsenal Wenger

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  12. Alex says:

    NO C*NTS ALLOWED AT ARSENAL!

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  13. ole says:

    Yes we need him, he is crazy and will sort out all these pussies in our team. And its better that he breaks opositions legs then ours;) If we are realy lucky he`ll break Nasris`s leg at first opportunity. He works like hell and has a gifted right foot. Him and Cahill would certanly add steel to this velvet team.

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  14. mike says:

    a bit more aggrecion he will do he aint a panzy like the rest

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  15. Pozdny says:

    Crazy! What the hell are you guys thinking! Joey Barton will bring down the dressing room single-handedly. Just recall how detrimental was it the dressing room rift caused by (or related to) gallas a couple of seasons ago. English bad boy Joey Barton is the last thing we need to add to the dressing room!

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  16. Craig says:

    To be fair despite all the issues Barton has had, I still think he would be a great signing for us. We have an abundance of flair but no strength, both physically and mentally. We need a player who can add a bit of steel to the squad and strike a bit of fear into the opposition and for me Barton would be perfect. Barton also has the technical ability. Right now we have a young squad including a captain who by all accounts doesn’t want to be in the team. We should cash in on Cesc and Samir, sign Barton, Dann or Samba and move forward from there. All teams have a villain we all love to hate, but it is those players, the likes of Roy Keane in his day and John Terry now for example that make a great team even better. Give Joey a chance.

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  17. Jlo says:

    Barton IS the missing link.. We all know it.. Other teams will fear us he will show the team British grit.. He is no more racist than I am .. Yes he’s been a bad boy etc.. Adams was an alky.. Keown was a thug.. Merson liked his thing.. Wenger harnessed them all!! In the same team ..??

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