Thursday, 15 February 2018


Joey Barton believes he knows the key man to solve Arsenal’s problems.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Breakfast show on talkSPORT this week, the former Newcastle United midfielder has suggested that Jonjo Shelvey would fit in well at the Emirates.

The Magpies captain is enjoying a mixed return to the Premier League. Shelvey has seen red twice this season, but has also registered a number of impressive performances.
His last superb display came against Manchester United as Newcastle scraped a 1-0 victory over Jose Mourinho’s side last Sunday.
Now Barton claims Shelvey is ready for a step up and could do a job in Arsenal’s midfield.
He made his case for Shelvey clear to be Arsenal anchorman:
“I think he would be – this is going to sound mad – when I watch Arsenal and what Arsenal need, I think if somebody could teach Jonjo the role, that first receiver with that range of passing, that was what Xhaka was brought in as. Xhaka is too stiff for me.
“I think if somebody teaches him to hold in the middle of the park, somebody teaches him a bit of discipline in terms of his tacking and temperament, I think his range of passing could be ideal for somebody like Arsenal.”
Thoughts, Gooners? Has Barton got a little carried away? Or is Shelvey the real deal? Let us know in the comments…


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