Nigel Winterburn has spoken bout that little r**t Barton and from what he say’s, I’m not sure that he would be too keen to see him playing in a read and white shirt:
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. He’s the type of player that, on a free transfer, a lot of clubs in the Premier League will be looking at.
You’ve got to weigh up with Joey Barton whether you can control his temperament, more off the pitch than anything else.
Well, we may need a player like him in our midfield but do we really need a git like him associated to our club – Nah, I don’t think so….
On to the signings:
Firstly, Kyle Bartley signed a new deal with the club yesterday which personally I believe is great news. This lad may still be a raw player but he’s big, strong and he’s going to be good. We all know by now he excelled last season at Rangers in a tough Scottish League where hard tackling is an every day occurence. I don’t think we’ll see him shirking his duties in the defence.
Ok, he’s still young and inexperienced in the Premier League but I’m darn sure most Arsenal Fans would rather see him coming off of the bench rather than Squilli.
Secondly, Tony Roberts, ex Welsh international goalkeeper has finally given up playing the game to take on full-time goalkeeping coach at the Club, he’ll work alongside Gerry Peyton.
I didn’t need too much convincing, it’s Arsenal, when they ask you to go full-time you don’t think about it, it’s something that you have got to do.
I’ve had a great career and have been going for 25 years. I was going to sign another year for Dagenham but when the opportunity arose to go full-time, I had to do it.
It had been coming. Obviously, I wanted to play as long as I could but I had to hang up my gloves one day and now was a good time.
At last, someone knew how good it is to sign for us… Roberts had previously worked for Arsenal on a part-time basis but now that’s all changed. He’s 42 years old today so Happy Birthday to him.
That’s it for today folks, other than to remind you all that Highbury House has its own Fantasy Football League, thanks to regular blogger Rocastle who has set it all up. If you are interested, which I’m sure you are just click on the link in the side bar or at the top of the page….
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