And Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has printed that he sought after to sign the preserving midfielder again in 2009 in its place for Patrick Vieira.
At the time, the now-36-year-old used to be enjoying for an Aston Villa aspect who completed 6th within the most sensible flight for 3 consecutive seasons from 2007 onwards.
But Arsenal had their bid for the left-footer blown out of the water through free-spending Manchester City.
“We were interested in him [Barry], yes, when he moved from Villa to City,” Wenger mentioned.
“But at the time City was the big investor, and so that financial potential was superior to ours at the time.”
Barry’s recreation peaked between round 2008 and 2012, turning into an England common underneath Fabio Capello and in addition attracting the hobby of Liverpool.
After leaving City, Barry spent 4 seasons at Everton earlier than transferring to West Brom, the place he is poised to make his 633rd look.
“I believe that it’s an outstanding achievement,” Wenger endured.
“He’s a participant who’s clever, made up our minds, robust within the problem, has just right technical high quality and I in my view at all times rated him extremely.
“I feel simply he used to be slightly unfortunate, as it used to be within the length of Lampard and Gerrard, and he perhaps didn’t get the selection of caps he deserved for England.
“But it’s a phenomenal fulfillment, what he’s doing.”
With 53 caps for his nation, Barry used to be the scorer of England’s 2,000th function – a header in opposition to Sweden in November 2011.
Barry received the 2011 FA Cup and 2011/12 Premier League identify all through his time at Manchester City and helped Aston Villa to the 2001 Intertoto Cup.
“I did not assume I might get right here,” mentioned Barry.
“You make your debut and you are all in favour of various things.
“When you hit 500 you are pondering you are coming to the tip of your occupation. I have been ready to stay going.”