QPR star Joey Barton has insisted that he was being chased by Arsenal in the summer transfer window, despite Peter Hill-Wood claiming that the club weren’t after him.
Barton was linked to numerous clubs over the summer, after Newcastle released him to find another club.
And while he insisted Arsenal were planning to sign him before an incident with Gervinho on the pitch at the start of the season, Hill-Wood claimed no agreement existed.
“It's not something the board heard about and if it was a serious proposition I certainly would have expected us to,” the Arsenal chairman said.
But Barton has hinted that Hill-Wood was incorrect in his comments, and hinted that there are communication problems in Arsenal’s board.
“I just don't understand,” he told the People.
“Maybe the dialogue between Peter Hill-Wood and his coaching staff has broken down so severely that he doesn't know what's going on at his football club.
“Fair enough, if I was claiming to sign for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City or Manchester United ... but I don't think it's that big a shout to say Arsenal were after me because it's definitely a club in transition.”
Barton said that while he had hoped at one point to sign for Arsenal, after getting Gervinho sent off when Newcastle and the Gunners played each other in the opening round, the midfielder knew the possibility of a deal was all but finished.