Jul 232008

Following Wenger’s comments that he will intends to sign one more central midfielder this summer, there has been considerable conjecture that the man in question is none other than Gareth Barry, chased by Liverpool for the past few months.

To be honest, I don’t see the logic in that conclusion at all. There is no doubting that Barry is a fine player, and his workrate and eye for a pass would complement Cesc beautifully, but the reason the negotiations with Liverpool have stalled is that Villa are inflating the price due to him being English.

Now, if Villa are demanding 15m from Liverpool, it is reasonable to assume that they would ask the same of us, and for Wenger to spend that kind of money on him would be extremely out of character for a man that thrives on the bargain. Surely he would think there is better value for money to be had elsewhere?

The only way I could see Barry joining is if Villa drop the asking price, which they may be forced to do if their captain is determined to leave. But if they did, Liverpool would rejoin the hunt.

As I said, I’d be surprised if he joined.

Elsewhere, two pre-season matches have been played, a 2-1 win over Barnet and a draw last night with an unpronounceable Austrian side. In both there were flickers of magic from the likes of Wilshere and Bendtner, but its far too early to be drawing conclusions. The main issue is that the players get match fit without getting injured.

Which leads us to Kolo Toure, who has contracted malaria. Fortunately, it is being reported that it is a mild strain, and he should be fit for the season opener. That said, malaria is a disease that can hang around for a while, so we’ll have to wait and see. Get well soon, Kolo.

It is nice to be seeing a bit of football again though, isn’t it?

  3 Responses to “Barry would be a very un-Wenger like signing”

  1. I’d love to see Barry at Arsenal but I agree with the article in that it doesn’t seem likely.
    However as witnessed in villa’s friendly last night, Barry doesn’t have many friends at Villa Park. The fans have turned against him. That is likely to affect any player. Also is Liverpool spend £15+million on Keane & do not sell Alonso they are unlikely to be able to afford him if Villa DO have to sell him.
    THEN wenger might swoop with a cheeky bid and maybe throw in a player like Hoyte.
    That would be good business.

  2. barry is bad business, he’s good at villa for the position he plays but he’s no good at afc. let me tell you why – afc need a defensive shield, stopper type who can tackle anyone and who is fast enough to link up with our speed of play. barry can hold up play but is not a classic dm, not a fierce tackler which is what we really need, not a ball-winner and lacks the star quality to inspire the kids. he’s an eight million pound midfielder who’s priced way beyond that because o’niell deosn’t want to lose him, not because he’s actually worth that amount to anyone else. barry is bad business for afc.

  3. dan
    thankyou for finally telling everyone what i have been thinking
    barry is not a DM
    toure, veloso and frings are all DM and thats who i hope wenger will buy
    however i have no doubt wenger has some plan to strngthen the squad
    in arsene we trust

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