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Arsenal boss Wenger: Maybe the answer is courageous Barton?!!

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has laughed off the prospect of signing Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton. The 28-year-old was centre of attention when the two sides drew 0-0 at St James' Park on Saturday as he was involved in the incident which saw Gunners debutant Gervinho sent off.

In comments quoted in The Guardian, Wenger said: "Nobody dismisses signing Joey Barton but I don't think we envisage doing that at the moment.

"I like the courage of the player. He's a good player. Sometimes there's trouble with his temper but he's a great player."

He added jokingly: "Maybe the way to sort Barton out is to sign him. Maybe that's the solution."

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