Arda Turan takes dig at Arsenal

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Barcelona star Arda Turan has taken a dig at Premier League outfit Arsenal, claiming that he would have ended up at the Gunners if he had just played well. 

Turan, who completed a move to the Catalans from rivals Atletico Madrid last summer, has insisted that he had to play 'very well' to join the Camp Nou outfit. 

The Turkey international, of course, missed the first half of the season after Barcelona were handed a lengthy transfer ban, but he has been making up for lost time recently. 


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The 29-year-old has featured more often than not for the club and has two goals from 12 games in La Liga.  

Starring alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, Turan is now involved in one of the greatest attacking line-ups in football history. 

Turan takes dig at Arsenal 

Barca, of course, may well replicate last year's heroics - they secured five trophies - but will be well aware that there's still a great deal of work to be done as the season approaches its final stages. 

Turan, then, should be handed a key role in the squad over the coming months and it's clear for all to see that he's not regretting his move to the Spanish giants. 

"I felt that I would sign for Barca. In all honesty I used to think, 'If I play very well I will end up signing for Barca, because my style fits into this team," he told Diari Ara, as per

"'If I play well, I will end up at Arsenal'.

"Because of my style with the ball, playing simple, short, aggressively when needs be, but above all with high quality, I knew that I could make it at Barcelona."

Barca on another level 

Turan appears to have taken an unnecessary dig at the Gunners, but it's difficult to disagree with his comments. 

Ultimately, Barcelona are on another level to the north London outfit - they proved that once again over two legs in the Champions League - and it's unlikely that the gap will close anytime soon. 

In all honesty, though, Luis Enrique's side appear to be way ahead of every team in world football, so that shouldn't worry Arsene Wenger and co. too much.

But Arsenal fans would have been expecting to win the Premier League title this term and they are now running of time to secure the prestigious prize. 

With just eight games remaining, the Gunners currently sit 11 points behind table-toppers Leicester City. Wenger's team will have to be perfect between now and the end of the campaign if they are to stand any chance of winning the league. 

What do you make of Turan's comments? Have your say below! 

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