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Arsenal Have Enquired About Villa's Gareth Barry

Arsenal Have Enquired About Villa's Gareth Barry

Martin O’Neill has confirmed the recent rumour that Arsenal have made an enquiry about Villa and England midfielder Gareth Barry.

It appears, with a stalemate in the valuation between Liverpool and Villa and neither party seemingly willing to change their stance, that a move to the Emirates might well be a route for our former favourite to leave.

O'Neill told the Sun that an enquiry has been made and that the Gunners are now thinking things over.

'Myself and Steve Walford both know Arsene Wenger’s assistant Pat Rice. He phoned Steve to ask how the Liverpool thing had gone and said that they might show an interest. At the end of the conversation Arsenal said ‘that’s fine’ and that they’ll let us know. That is exactly what happened.'


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday July 15 2008
Time: 8:29AM


i would prefer he go to arsenal rather than liverpool
Astonian Villan
15/07/2008 08:35:00
He is too expensive for them even if we let him go for 15mil. Wenger likes to take young stars and mould them into the arsenal way. I cant see it happening at all.
15/07/2008 08:37:00
Barry's not quick enough for Wenger's nippy midfield! (Meeow!)
15/07/2008 08:41:00
Arsenal might try and off load some players to make up the gap in what they can afford. please God not Senderos! Just keep Barry until January, we are not in any rush.
15/07/2008 08:50:00
Nothing in this at all really, no sign of genuine interest, just a mild enquiry I tihnk. However, I'd much prefer Barry to go to the Arse than to the red scum.
15/07/2008 08:50:00
If Villa want to sell him to Arsenal they have done themselves no favours by going public ..... however I feel this is more of a way of getting Liverpool to get their finger out of their arses!! That said .... I wouldn't mind seeing Barry in an Arsenal shirt ... it would look strange though.
15/07/2008 09:12:00
There might be something in this but O'Neill going public with it is just his way of ensuring he gets the price he wants, put a bit of pressure on L'Pool.
Villan Of The North
15/07/2008 09:22:00
We wouldnt pay 18 mil for him. Maybe a swap deal & cash involving Hoyte
15/07/2008 09:32:00
It does seem that MON is putting pressure on Pool coz Arsenal prefer to do their business in private and not have it announced to the world in this manner. However, there were some rumours 2 weeks back on the Arsenal forum that Wenger was keeping an eye on the Barry situation, so this adds up. The interest might well be genuine. Barry is a good player, and is already used to the pace and rigours of the Premiership and this might be a good move for Arsenal, save for the price which seems too steep for Wenger.
15/07/2008 09:35:00
I'd expect justin hoyte to be part of the deal and also walcott on loan for a season plus cash.
15/07/2008 09:53:00
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