Barcelona’s Arda Turan has taken a side-swipe at Arsenal, by claiming he thought he would end up at the Emirates, if he had not turned out good enough to pay for the Blaugrano.
The Turkish international joined the Catalan club last summer, but had to wait until January of this year before being registered to play, due to the transfer ban Barcelona were under. Turan has since started in eight La Liga matches for his new side, but was only used as a late substitution against Arsenal in the recent Champions League encounter.
The midfielder has now moved to claim he thought he would have joined Arsenal in his career, had he not been classy enough for Barcelona.
The former Atletico Madrid star said: ‘I felt that I would sign for Barca.
‘In all honesty I used to think, “If I play very well I will end up signing for Barca, because my style fits into this team.
”If I play well, I will end up at Arsenal’.
‘Because of my style with the ball, playing simple, short, aggressively when needs be, but above all with high quality, I knew that I could make it at Barcelona.’
Turan was recently linked with being offered to Arsenal as part of a swap deal in order to land Mesut Ozil, but following his recent comments, that deal seems to have even less realism in it. It was a nice compliment for Barcelona to be linked with one of our top players, but obviously we don’t believe there is any real chance of a deal happening. Turan is not the type of player I ever imagined playing for our club anyway despite his impressive time with Atletico Madrid in the last few years…..
Do we even care what the midfielder thinks?