Could Barry be set for Emirates switch?

Gareth Barry has always been one of the most consistent and hard-working midfielders in the Premier League which has always sparked the interest of the big Premier League sides.

One side that always vested an interest in the England midfielder has been Arsenal and The Gunners could be set to make a shock move for the player.

Arsenal are reportedly lining up a bid for Barry in an attempt to help strengthen the defensive side of the team’s current midfield set-up.

It’s thought that the London club are prepared to offer a two year deal to the former England captain whose current deal expires next year at Man City.

However, The Gunners may have trouble matching the same sort of contract which Barry is currently on at Eastlands where he is paid £100,000 a week.

Barry is a player who has long interested Arsenal who were heavily linked with the player 4 years ago although Barry opted to join Manchester City over the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.

A deal hasn’t been made yet however a story in The Sun has an insider at the club stating that “it looks like Arsenal are just weighing things up at the moment and they do have other priorities. But they know Gareth would do a good job for them.”

Barry’s consistent form has long been noted by many in the Premier League with the player having featured in at least 30 games per season for Aston Villa and Man City since debuting 15 years ago.

This remarkable stat has meant that Barry has now played 616 games and scored 60 goals over his professional career so far.

His form hasn’t shown any signs in dropping with Barry notching up 41 appearances for City and scoring 2 goals for the club.

Barry has also become a permanent part of the England since debuting in 2000 receiving 53 caps and captaining the side in their 3-1 win against Egypt in 2010.

It’s this sort of profile that Arsenal have been looking to acquire in a bid to strengthen their midfield over the summer break.

The Gunners had targeted Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender although the German side rejected a £19.7 million bid earlier this week.

Even though Barry might be considered a surprise target for Arsenal, the Man City man encapsulates all the qualities and experience The Gunners need to boost their title aspirations for next season.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!