Chairman 'pours cold water' over Arsenal midfielder link

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Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has rubbished claims from Joey Barton that he nearly moved to north London this summer reports

Barton joined QPR in August after Newcastle made him available on a free transfer following a series of tweets criticising the club's board.

Speaking to BBC Sport on Wednesday, the controversial midfielder claimed to have held talks with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, but said that the incident he was at the centre of against Arsenal on the opening day of the season, which resulted in the sending off of Gervinho, scuppered any chances of a move to the Emirates Stadium.

However, Hill-Wood has poured cold water over talks of genuine Arsenal interest, when he spoke to the Daily Star:


"It's not something the Arsenal board heard about and if it was a serious proposition I certainly would have expected us to [have heard about it]," he said.

Since moving to west London, Barton has been appointed captain at Loftus Road by manager Neil Warnock - and insists he is happy with his decision to join Rangers, as he looks optimistically towards the season ahead.

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