'Arsenal have no spine or character'? - Joey Barton clarifies comments

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Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has clarified recent comments he made about Arsenal.

Joey Barton has responded to the BBC after they published a report with the headline: 'Joey Barton: Arsenal team has no spine or character'.

The Queens Park Rangers midfielder was talking to BBC Radio 5 live, but he has since taken to Twitter to clarify his comments.

"What I said about Arsenal (has been) taken out of context," Barton tweeted on Saturday morning.  "I believe the current side lack spine and character compared to the Invincibles team."

Barton went on to say that he felt the current Arsenal side are "very good but their record against other top clubs in league games recently is poor.  Now whether that's tactics, mental strength, discipline, I'm not sure. All I do know is results say they are coming up short."

Arsenal have failed to beat Tottenham Hotspur, Everton or Manchester City already this season and have a record of falling short against some of the bigger clubs in the top flight.  

However, Arsene Wenger has built an impressive squad that is beginning to gel - as seen in their emphatic victory over Galatasaray in the Champions League last week - so perhaps the tide is about to change.

Barton is right in that this Gunners side does not measure up to the Invincibles, but then few sides would.

The trick for Wenger is to get the very best out of the players at his disposal, and if he can do that, there is no reason why they cannot add to the FA Cup they won last season.

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