Barcelona star Arda Turan feared he would sign for Arsenal

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The two sides met in the Champions League last month, with the Catalans again progressing.

Barcelona star Arda Turan feared he would end up playing for Arsenal if he only played “well” instead of “very well”, he has told Diari Ara.

The former Atletico Madrid midfielder joined the reigning La Liga champions last summer in a big money move.

He had to wait until this year for his debut though, with the Catalan giants under a transfer ban when he joined the club.

He has so far struggled to shine at the Nou Camp, although that is arguably hard to do in a team full of superstars, and he admits he once feared only playing well would see him join Arsenal, not Barcelona.

“I felt that I would sign for Barca,” he told Diari Ara.

“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.”

While a move to Arsenal may not have been as bad as Turan makes it sound, there’s no denying there’s a gulf in class between them and Barcelona.

That was evidenced when the two sides met in the Champions League last month as Barca yet again progressed in a classy display over both legs.

The reigning European champions ran out as 5-1 winners in that last 16 clash and now face Turan’s former club Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals.

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