‘I nearly joined Arsenal’ claims Barton

Joey Barton has revealed he could have signed for Arsenal before he eventually moved to QPR, Daily Mail reports.

The new QPR captain had a clash with Gervinho when playing for Newcastle against Arsenal on the opening day of the season which Barton thinks ended his possible move to the Gunners.

Barton said: ‘If I hadn’t played against Arsenal on the first day, I may have signed for them. There were a couple of conversations [with Wenger] but that’s different to actually signing. The Gervinho incident happened and there’s nothing I can do about it now. If it happened again, I’d like to think I’d deal with it differently. Things happen for a reason and there’s a lesson to be learned from it. Right now, we sit above Arsenal in the table – hopefully that’s the case in May.’

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