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Joey Barton Apologises To Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez And Admits, “Now He’s In My Fantasy Team”

Joey Barton has said sorry to Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, who is now in his Fantasy Football team…

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has apologised for dubbing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez inconsistent. The Chilean has been the Gunners standout player so far this season, and Barton has belatedly admitted he was wrong.

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Reports in the Daily Mirror carry quotes from the one-time England international, who previously commented: “Yes, on his day he can light up a game, but, as anyone who has watched Barca will tell you, his good games are as common as his bad.”

But Barton has now admitted that the 26-year-old has made a great impact in the Premier League, saying: “He’s taken to this league like a duck to water. I rightly get caned by all the Arsenal fans on Twitter every time he has a good game or scores a goal.

“He’s a wonderful player. The gripe Arsenal fans have had with the powers that be at the football club is that they haven’t invested in that level of player.

“They’ve done that with Sanchez and for me he’s been a breath of fresh air. He’s great to watch. Even if he doesn’t play well he works hard for the team, scores goals – all that you’d expect from a £40m player.”

According to the source, Barton is making his managerial debut this season in a fantasy football mini-league with his mates from back home in Liverpool, with everyone putting a monthly tenner in the pot.

The former Newcastle and Manchester City man revealed that teammate Charlie Austin has been his captain in recent weeks, but may not remain so for the upcoming clash against Sanchez’s Arsenal.

He added: “I made him [Austin] captain of my fantasy football team before this weekend. I was telling him after every goal it was more points for my team.

“He’s good value for money and he’s rewarding me, to be fair to the lad. I don’t know about sticking with Charlie as captain for Arsenal – I’ll have to speak with my backroom staff during the week!”

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