When he’s not feigning an understanding of 19th-century classical philology, putting out cigars in the face of teenagers, knocking out teammates, beating up schoolboys, assaulting strangers, sitting in jail or sparking mass brawls, part-time footballer and full-time yob Joseph Anthony Barton spends the rest of his time apparently living in dreamland.
Speaking to the BBC, the Premier League’s finest example of ‘angry little man syndrome‘ has claimed that Arsenal were close to signing him this summer before his prickish behaviour against the Gunners put an end to Arsene Wenger’s ‘alleged’ interest.
Playing for Newcastle United in the first game of the season, the midfielder embroiled himself in several spats with Arsenal players before earning Gervinho and Alex Song a combined six game ban by provoking reactions with his moronic anger.
Reflecting on his behaviour and his subsequent move to newly promoted side Queens Park Rangers, the 29-year-old stated:
“If I hadn’t played against Arsenal on the first day, I may have signed for them.
“There were a couple of conversations [with Arsene Wenger] but that’s different to actually signing.
“The Gervinho incident happened and there’s nothing I can do about it now. If it happened again, I’d like to think I’d deal with it differently.
“Things happen for a reason and there’s a lesson to be learned from it. Right now we sit above Arsenal in the table – hopefully that’s the case in May.”
Arseblog News breathes a huge sigh of relief that such a horrible specimen will never be seen wearing an Arsenal shirt. We believe we aren’t the only ones, judging by this video.
Hey Joey? What’s the Nietzschien for ‘close, but no cigar’?