Former Manchester City and Newcastle player, Joey Barton, has played down Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Premier League champions, Manchester City, to clinch this year’s FA Community Shield. In a tweet after the match on Saturday, he said: ‘‘Arsenal missing 3 World Cup winners thrash Manchester City, missing 5/6 world class players. Lots learned’’. – Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton). This is coming at a time Arsenal supporters are basking in the euphoria of their new found confidence in the team and hope for a better 2014/2015 Premier League season. The former Manchester City player, who has previously played for Everton, Liverpool and Newcastle currently, plays for Queens Park Rangers.
The 2014 FA Community Shield game between Arsenal and Manchester City on Sunday, saw a confident and impressive Arsenal side thrash a clueless Manchester City side and many of their fans and Arsenal haters, including Joey Barton, described the victory as a somewhat fluke. The match, which ended in a 3-0 victory for the Gunners, saw Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud hitting the back of the net in both halves. The super strike from Olivier Giroud in the second half of the game obviously stole the show as he was handed the Man of the Match Award on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Wembley. City had top performers like Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and newly signed defensive midfielder, Fernando who came in from Porto on display. That Arsenal played a weakened side is not supposed to be tenable reason for City’s loss on the day.
Joey Barton’s tweet, gives an impression of spite and hate in an attempt to down play the remarkable feat that Arsenal got from the 3-0 victory over his former club, Manchester City. ‘World Cup winners’ referring to Lukas Podolski, Per Mertersacker and Mesut Ozil, to him are inferior in quality to ‘World class players’ pointing to Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaletta, Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Alvaro Negredo. Barton’s intention is to dampen the spirit and confidence of the average Arsenal supporter by making a statement that sounds like, ‘‘Though Arsenal are without some average players, City were also without some very important and superior world class performers and it’s a friendly match that City didn’t take seriously’’ . This wouldn’t come as surprise to many as Barton is known for his loose statements, violence, disciplinary problems and numerous controversial incidents, that have marked his career so far.
Barton, who has been convicted twice on charges of violence, is a regular on referees’ booking records as he never seizes to cause uproar both on the pitch of play and off it. Though a good footballer, he has become more popular for his acts of violence and indiscipline than his spectacular display on the field.
A sound recommendation for Arsenal supporters is to take his statements with a pinch of salt as his football career is hinged on so much controversy that he may suffered some psychological disorder out of frustration.