Arda Turan cheekily trolls Arsenal with this Barcelona comparison
Published 29/03/2016 | 15:38
Turkish midfielder Arda Turan has managed to make a swipe at Arsenal in a recent interview about his time at Barcelona.
The 29-year-old, who signed for the Catalan club from Atletico Madrid last summer, made it quite clear how little he thinks of the Gunners in an interview with Diari Ara.
Turan said: "I was feeling that I would sign for Barca. Sincerely I thought: 'If I play very well I will end up signing for Barca. If I play well I will end up at Arsenal.'"
It's not clear whether the denigration was inadvertant or intended, but if the latter then perhaps Gunners fans can see the swipe as something of a back-handed compliment.
Arsenal's lack of top quality is evidently still worth joking about; the day that the Gunners' dearth of success is so well established that it no longer raises a laugh will be when supporters should really panic.
Barcelona recently strolled past Arsenal in the Champions League round of 16, winning 5-1 on aggregate in a tie before which Barcelona full-back Dani Alves had questioned the "character and mental strength" in the Arsenal side.
Arsenal were linked with signing Turan last summer before Barcelona whisked him away, with the Gunners reportedly prepared to offer Santi Cazorla in part exchange.
Turan has made 12 appearances for Barcelona in La Liga this term, scoring two goals and notching three assists, as the club have raced into a nine-point lead at the top of the division with eight games remaining.
By contrast, Arsenal have failed to capitalise on their traditional rivals' poor performances this season and currently sit 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester City, in third place.
The tenability of Arsene Wenger's continued managership at the club he has served for 20 years has come increasingly into question as a lacklustre campaign has unfolded, with north London rivals Tottenham mounting a serious Premier League title tilt in Arsenal's stead.