Barton reveals Arsenal talks

Controversial midfielder Joey Barton has revealed that he spoke with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger over a possible transfer to North London before joining QPR in the transfer window.

Prior to moving to Loftus Road, Barton faced Arsenal on the opening day of the season for old employers Newcastle, and clashed with Gunners forward Gervinho, resulting in the Ivorian forward being sent off.

This altercation left a sour taste with the Emirates club, and may have cost the combative midfielder a move to Wenger’s men.

“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,” he told Sky Sports.

“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,” he stated.

Instead of joining The Gunners Barton moved to an ambitious QPR side, and has claimed he is happy to be playing with his new team.

“There were a couple of offers on the table but now I’m really happy to be at QPR and in London. We play an expansive and exciting brand of football and can hopefully surprise a few people this season,” he concluded.

QPR have been competitive so far this campaign since their promotion, and take on Aston Villa on Sunday.
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