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Wenger hails Barton 'courage'

August 15, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff
In the wake of Joey Barton's bust-ups with Alex Song and Gervinho, Arsene Wenger has praised the Newcastle midfielder for his "courage" and hailed him as "a great player".

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Barton, 29, was a surprise name in the Newcastle line-up for Saturday's game at home to Arsenal after a summer in which he had criticised his club's owners on Twitter and been made available on a free transfer.

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