Arsenal legend backs Wenger to make Barton decision

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Nigel Winterburn is unsure as to whether or not Arsenal should attempt to bring Joey Barton to the Emirates Stadium, although he expects Arsene Wenger to make the right decision.

The Gunners are reportedly one of several clubs in the running to sign the 28-year-old, who has been told by Newcastle he can leave the club on a free transfer.

Winterburn, however, has reservations over the temperament of Barton, and questions whether the Arsenal boss can control the midfielder off the pitch.

“He’s the type of player that, on a free transfer, a lot of clubs in the Premier League will be looking at," the former Gunners defender told talkSPORT.

“You’ve got to weigh up with Joey Barton whether you can control his temperament, more off the pitch than anything else.


“I think you know that he’s got that competitive edge on the pitch and occasionally it’s going to let him down and it has done before.

“He’s tried to control that, but from Arsene Wenger’s point of view he would need to think that he could control him off the pitch.

“You can’t have anyone disruptive around the training ground. It’s OK to have an opinion as a player as long as it’s constructive but not if it’s malicious, so Arsene Wenger would need to weigh that up.

“In terms of talent and the fact he’s on a free transfer, I would have thought there would be a host of clubs after him.”

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