Arsenal turned down playmaker deal - claims

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Joey Barton has admitted that he almost signed for Arsenal in the summer, but the Gervinho incident scuppered a possible deal for the playmaker.

Barton was told by Newcastle that he was able to move to another club in the summer, but with no deals being decided, the controversial star began the season in a Toon shirt.

And when Newcastle played Arsenal on the opening day of the season, Barton got into a scuffle with Alex Song and Gervinho, which eventuated in Gervinho receiving a red card.


And now Barton has revealed that talks were ongoing with Arsenal over a deal before the incident, but fell through after the game.

"If I hadn't played against Arsenal on the first day, I may have signed for them," Barton said.

"There were a couple of conversations [with Arsene 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.

"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."

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