Arsene Wenger In Praise Of Joey Barton

Even more comments last night from Arsene Wenger and Alan Pardew on Joey Barton,  and his behavior in Saturday’s game against Arsenal.

Joey Barton grapples with Gervinho on Saturday night

And of course Joey Barton himself  had more to say about the incident that took place in the game on Saturday, after 75 minutes,  which resulted in Gervinho being sent off.

It’s not at all clear whether Newcastle will want to keep Joey Barton at Newcastle this season, and he is still on the transfer list for free,  and available to sign if another club can agree terms with Barton.

But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seemed happy at Joey’s contribution on Saturday, as he said:

“He showed me what I wanted to see,”“I won’t say he’ll definitely be staying beyond this transfer window, but I think he will.”

And there was even unexpected praise for Barton from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who hinted he may even sign Barton for the London club:

““I like the quality of the player and nobody dismisses signing Joey Barton,” 

We do not envisage it at the moment. He’s sometimes a victim of his temper but he is a great player.”

I like the courage of the player,”  “Nobody dismisses signing Joey Barton but I don’t think we envisage doing that at the moment,”

“He’s a good player. Sometimes there’s trouble with his temper but he’s a great player.” “Maybe the way to sort Barton out is to sign him,”

“Maybe that’s the solution.”

Barton had grabbed the Ivory Coast International by the throat and hauled him to his feet in the penalty area, after Gervinho was seen to dive to try to get Arsenal a penalty.

Barton talked to BBC Five Live on Sunday evening:

“I shouldn’t have gone over and pulled Gervinho up by his shirt, that’s not the correct way to deal with it,”  

“I should have let the referee Peter Walton handle it. I shouldn’t have done what I did. We footballers sometimes push the boundaries in trying to get an advantage.”

“I did go down easily but I felt disappointed by Gervinho trying to win a penalty. I have made a meal of it, I’ve been pushed harder by people at school but I can’t take responsibility for Gervinho’s actions.”

“After seeing it on Match of the Day I have to take back calling him a cheat,”  “But I thought it was blatant diving.”

After Joey hauled Gervinho to his feet, Steven Taylor accused Gervinho of elbowing Barton, rather than the slapping that was clearly seen on the many TV replays.

But Barton told 606 last night:

“Tayls is not the sharpest tool in the box.”

So you can see why Fabio Capello called Joey a very good player but very dangerous to the team too.

Joey can easily undermine team spirit, and if he plans to do any more of this stuff in the future, we think he could be told to pack his bags and leave Newcastle, by the club’s hierarchy.

That could be the club’s decision, above Alan Pardew, and if that happens, then Joey will no doubt be a  big miss on the field, for his undoubted skills and passion.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

84 comments so far

  • Robin_S

    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Nah he was fine just giving a little wind up

  • Toon-Barmy

    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Following a successful trial with Newcastle’s Academy U18 side in pre-season, 17 year-old striker Jonathan Hooper has now agreed a two year deal with the Magpies.

    Known as JJ, Hooper was on target during United’s U18 tour of Scotland and also netted in a recent home friendly victory against Annan Athletic.

    Hooper was previously with Cray Academy and had just followed their coach Darren Anslow to Kent Premier League side Sevenoaks Town before the call came from Newcastle.

    Anslow said of 6’1″ Hooper, “JJ is quick, has got a good touch and is very athletic. He is loving it up there”.

  • bobby jay

    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Saturdays performance highlighted why Joey needs to stay. One of our only players willing to fight fire with fire. He’d certainly cost a lot to replace.

  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Damaging to team spirit? Hardly, ‘banter’ is the foundation of team spirit. That’s regular craic in a dressing room. Lighten up ffs.

    Sometimes I really do wonder……

  • niffnoff

    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Wenger likes to repeat himself alot doesn’t he….


    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #6

    LMFAO, tayls isn’t the sharpest tool in the box, how funny!!

    Wenger for Barton? Get out u f@cking tit!

  • Harry Hampton

    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Barton should have been off, Song should have been off. Classic example of two refereeing mistakes cancelling each other out over the course of a game, as they nearly always do. That’s football.

  • Brutooon

    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Barton to move to arsenal and swap with ramsey?

  • al

    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #9

    more of this stuff? sorry like but he was struck in the face and went down which any player these days would to ensure preoper punishment was dished out, he was stamped on earlier in the game too, he picked him up aggressively yeh but hes been made out as if he fully assaulted the lad

    if the players roles were switched barton would be gettin some sort of many months long ban

  • 09nufc09

    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed you obviously dont watch soccer am (teammates)…one of our players was on and got ask stupidest player a few years ago answer was taylor. I know you dont like barton but everyone knows taylors stupid, have you seen an interview with him? The team spirit was so good last year because of four players, nolan, barton, harper and smith. Barton got us a point yesterday because before he reacted to gervinho diving arsenal were looking increasingly likely to score, after they went down to 10 men they were forced to go more defensive.
    Btw obertan looked good yesterday and when cabaye had some movement infront of him he looked alot better.

  • mattnufc

    Aug 15, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #11

    I would like Best and just behind him Obertan to start the next match. They actually made runs and showed some enthusiasm.

  • niffnoff

    Aug 15, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #12


    correct me if im wrong but obertan is a winger, in the end he switched with barton and he played much better in his actual position, same for barton once he had the central midfield, though I’d of loved to of seen gosling or vukic on just behind Best, Best looked very good and closed down alot once he came on. In my opinon

  • aaronjd

    Aug 15, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m waiting for ROSHAN MAGPIE to come on
    and share his brilliant views. ‘I think dat joey barton is a gud player’

  • mattnufc

    Aug 15, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Maybe Obertan’s primary position is winger but he can play in many advanced roles. I thought he looked isolated on the right for a lot of the match and worked well running off the striker.
    Tbh, I thought Gosling would have started behind the striker to begin with, rather than 2 up front. 4-5-1 is the way to go.

  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 15, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Interesting words Arsene.

  • niffnoff

    Aug 15, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #16


    maybe buddy, but I’d rather him be winger, and have support from the likes of Gosling, Vuk or HBA
    but then Im not manager haha.

    4-5-1 is a much better system though.

  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 15, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #17

    i agree that 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1 would be better systems than 4-4-2 for us.

    Maybe it just looks that way, especially saturday because we have very little occurring up front and our midfielders are far better than our strikers.

    I think we should look into Luiz Adriano from Shaktar Donesh. He’s a target man. Got great pace. Very calm on the balm. Moves a lot (great at getting into space.

    He has somehow managed to slip under the radar of a lot of teams. He has scored something like 37 goals in the past 2 seasons (do the maths) and only cost them £3million. Must be coming close to his final year of contract. Don’t think he would be valued higher than £9million. Only problem would be his wages and he may wish to maintain CL football.

    BUT if no other clubs are interested in him and he has a desire to come to the PL then we may have a chance if we can afford his wages. He is 24 and if he repeated his performance over here im sure his value will double. Sounds like a coup and a sound investment.

    Dreaming I know. but don’t we all on here

  • Brutooon

    Aug 15, 2011 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #18

    From the Arsenal match, i saw Cabaye got some high quality passing skills. I think he should take all freekicks and corner. He should be our playmaker and barton to stick on the right midfield.

  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 15, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #19

    And what about Ameobi, Brutoon?

  • SAKA

    Aug 15, 2011 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #20


  • Lew Davies

    Aug 15, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Apparently Ameoba is great on the training ground.
    I would leave him there for most matches.
    Fuggin waste of space
    How many times does a guy need to fall over in a match? Been taking lessons off Gutty ffs

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 15, 2011 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #22

    its ok Saka it wont be happening.
    JB will get a new contract b4 xmas.

  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 15, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Eff off Saka with your capitals…

    There was a discussion or a few comments about people who use capitals on their comments, basically your a chump.

    I see Barton as of the old school mold of English footballer, takes no prisoners, gives 100%, always working for his team mates and would do anything to get a victory. An example of this would be him falling to the deck like a sack of spuds from a bitch slap lol surely people have seen the cctv footage of him punching 7 shades of shi te out that bin dipper in cesspool haha. he tarnished his hard man appearance to try abd get the win thats what i am getting at ha…

  • Mag52

    Aug 15, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Wenger’s praise for Barton no doubt comes as a result of him watching a replay of Song’s stamp which should have seen Arsenal reduced to 10 earlier in the match.Can’t actually see him signing Joey although he’s the sort of player they really need.
    Waiting to hear from the hierarchy what repairs/renovations the money received for Enrique have paid for.

  • bills-son

    Aug 15, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Bartin is a total knob.

    He lamblasts Gervinho for diving – then HE dives after a three fingered slap on the top of his head.

    What would Barton have done if one of the Arsenal players had grabbed him by the shirt collars and dragged him back up? He couldn’t have complained about getting the same treatment could he?

    Barton made a total fool of himself and our club and any NUFC fan who tries to defend him needs to get real. He is also far too slow to play wide right and spoils the shape of the team. Unless AP plays 4-5-1 there isn’t, and shouldn’t, be a place in the team for him.

    Barton is nowhere near as great as he or many fans think he is. Good yes, great no. The only thing he is great at is being a continual idiot who never learns.

  • Graeme

    Aug 15, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #26

    Mag 52 – in a stadium the size of SJP there is always plumbing work needed, lights to be changed etc. Then the training ground needs looking after – would cost many, many £Millions a year I would estimate!!!

  • redondo77

    Aug 15, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #27

    Anyone got any news on transfer of Pieters and new striker?

  • WesJameson

    Aug 15, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #28

    A left back, and a striker were sorely missed this weekend, Raylor and Ameobi were awful, Collocini was IMMENSE though, honestly believe that was his best performance in a toon shirt, maybe his best performance EVER

  • barryvenison

    Aug 15, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Pardew has confirmed my fears that he currently see’s Shola as our number 1 striker. Terrible news. Why not leave Ba on and take Shola off? We should have started 4-5-1 and should against most teams with our current squad. When Best came on he looked too slow. Why was Cabaye not taking corners and freekicks? I like Barton but his corner’s were crap.

  • tynesidetommo

    Aug 15, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #30

    “Tayls is not the sharpest tool in the box.”

    The fact is Joey he’s got a lot more sense than you.

  • WesJameson

    Aug 15, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #31

    @ bills-son // Aug 15, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    Mate your posts are always well balanced and pretty accurate……but lets be honest here, if a manager like Wenger says Barton is a great player, then as far as i am concerned, well he is great player, even Fabio Capello thinks so and has says so….not doubting his thuggery though

  • nick_9

    Aug 15, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #32

    Blah blah blah, made a fool our of club. Made us fans a laughing stock again etc etc get a grip man.

  • Eastander

    Aug 15, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #33

    Anyone remember when Barton actually punched Pederson last year and then accused him of going down easily!

    And I’m sick of him playing long balls which come straight back again, we’ve signed players like Obertan and Cabaye who can make the play with the ball at their feet and he still doesnt seem to know how to pass the ball along the floor! Simpson’s terrible for that as well

    Also, how come he kick’s off and gets himself back on free kick duties? Cabaye didnt get a look in on free kicks despite Barton hitting the front man all the time!

    Getting sick of him now like

  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 15, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #34

    gervinho should have been sent off, he wouldnt have been had barton stayed on his feet, yes joey needed reprimand for the way he acted and needs to control his temper but, ask yourselves this… how comited is he to the cause to blow up like that? at both the fourth official and gervinho. truely passionate to NUFC. in regards to pieters as somebody asked APPARENTLY we have upped offer to 7m we will see how things come.

  • nick_9

    Aug 15, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #35

    Barton is rated so highly because he’s a passionate player who fights for the cause. After recent years its a pleasure to of had players like him and Nolan who actually give a damn and fight to drag our arses out the sh1t. Joey never asked to be played wide right did he? That was the state of our unbalance squad, even now when we have three wingers he gets played there.

    Steven Taylor has more sense than Joey B? I beg to differ, Saylor often handballs it in the box and panics, I’m not overly confident in the lad but I back him whilst he is playing for us. Some of yous are really making a big forking deal out of this, I don’t see song getting lambasted for what probably caused it all.

  • IrishMagpie

    Aug 15, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #36

    @ bills-son

    I agree Barton made a bit of a fool of himself but i don’t know how he made a fool of the club.

    I thought he was poor, his set pieces were desperate and i hope Cabaye is given that responsibility against Sunderland in our next match.

    Until we sign another striker i’d be playing a 4-5-1 and put Joey, Cabaye and Tiote in the middle with Obertan and Jonas on the wings.

  • redondo77

    Aug 15, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #37

    I think we did good for 1st game, even everyone not fully fit yet. Barton did well, seems to be changing into better person imo, he also shake hand with Song durring the match, the old Barton might be different. Not at fault getting angry at gervinho’s dive, we have benefits of replay, he & the ref didn’t atm. Well.. the ref seems to agree with Barton at the time (without replay).


    Aug 15, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #38

    Newcastle v Arsenal Highlights

    If you are downloading via PS3 leave the download on screen or it will not work

  • nick_9

    Aug 15, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #39

    I’m bored of the dramatics about our club being made a fool out of.

  • nick_9

    Aug 15, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Irish magpie I like the sound of that team, surely with that midfield any a proper left back we won’t concede many.


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