Arsene Wenger has dismissed Joey Barton claims that he was once close to joining Arsenal.
Burnley midfielder Barton revealed earlier this week that he held talks with the Gunners over a potential move in summer 2011.
He said: “Intermediaries spoke on their behalf. There was definitely some low-level interest. I was due to hold some form of discussions with them. But then it never came to be.”
However, Wenger has denied the claims, stating that the club “was never close to signing” the 34-year-old.
“I’ve been contacted many times to take Joey Barton. But he was never close to signing,” the Frenchman said.
“We had some fights with him, that’s true. There was never any need to take him in midfield.”