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.
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