Gareth Barry approached by Arsenal Twice
Gareth Barry prepares to surpass Ryan Giggs record by playing his 633th game if he features in the game.
Barry revealed he was a transfer target for Arsene not once but twice. Arsene wanted to sign him back in 2009 when he left for Manchester City from Aston Villa. But Wenger couldn’t compete with City’s financial power.
Five years later, Arsene was still interested in the player. But the player chose to join Everton.
Gareth Barry is one of the few players to have made more than 500 appearances. And now soon he will be on the top of the list.
He revealed it would’ve been good to work under Wenger and he’s proud of the landmark he’s about to reach.
Here’s what Gareth Barry had to say:
“There were a couple of conversations with representatives and Arsene that he was interested,
“Before I was leaving Villa and when I was leaving Man City to go to Everton there was a bit of interest too.
“But it didn’t materialise. I’ve got massive respect for Arsene Wenger for what he’s done for the English game and it would have been good to work under him, but that didn’t happen.
“He deserves credit because he was ahead of the game back then. If you speak to people who worked with him in the late 1990s, he was seeing things and doing things that other managers in England weren’t.”
It would’ve been nice to have you too Barry. He made 365 first team appearances for Villa, 132 for Manchester City, 131 for Everton and has played four games for West Brom since joining them in the summer.
He could’ve stayed at the Merseyside club, but he opt to play under Tony Pulis to get more playing time.
Gareth Barry said:
“Part of me thought, ‘This was going to be the easier way to end your career’,
“There’s less pressure on you, you’re not going to be starting games and less expected of you.
“But the other part of me thought, ‘It’s going to be too easy going down that road – come to West Brom for another challenge’.
“It might be harder, a tougher challenge, but I didn’t want to slowly go down that road of fizzling out.”
It would’ve been really nice to have him. Our midfield problems would’ve been sorted out.
But still we managed without him. We wish him all the best for the future and congratulate him on achieving this feat.