Date: 15th July 2008 at 8:30am
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Martin O’Neill has confirmed the recent rumour that Arsenal have made an enquiry about Villa and England midfielder Gareth Barry.

It appears, with a stalemate in the valuation between Liverpool and Villa and neither party seemingly willing to change their stance, that a move to the Emirates might well be a route for our former favourite to leave.

O’Neill told the Sun that an enquiry has been made and that the Gunners are now thinking things over.

‘Myself and Steve Walford both know Arsene Wenger’s assistant Pat Rice. He phoned Steve to ask how the Liverpool thing had gone and said that they might show an interest. At the end of the conversation Arsenal said ‘that’s fine’ and that they’ll let us know. That is exactly what happened.’