Does Arsenal need Gareth Barry ?
Gareth Barry is an English midfielder, who is currently 27 years old and plays for Aston Villa. He is a talented player who has scored 42 goals in 398 games in eleven seasons in the English Premier League. He has been a target for Liverpool since the end of last season but so far both sides (Aston Villa and Liverpool) have not been able to reach an agreement. Should Arsenal make a move or do we need him ?
First of all Barry is a strong and versatile midfielder who can play at the center of the midfield or at LM. He can even play as CB as he did in the past, but his main skills are at the middle. He is a left football player who provides both defensive and attacking options to the team. So considering we lost Flamini as main partner to Cesc and that we don’t have as much left players he could be the ideal partner in the center of the field to our play master Fabregas.
In terms of goals he is able to both score and provide, being the main reason Aston Villa has been playing good football in recent years. He has scored 33 goals in the last 4 season, with an average in the same period of 8.25 goals per season, which would be a nice contribution to any team.
In terms of price, rated at more than £17 million seems too old and too expensive for Arsene Wenger, however this might change if we end up selling Adebayor for around £30 million, since we could not only pay for Barry but have some spare money to buy whatever is needed.
He is a talented English player, and as such it would also be a good addition since so much has been said about the lack of English players at Arsenal.
In the end he is a very good player who would fit nicely at Arsenal but based on his age, his price and Liverpool interest seems like a very far option for Arsenal.