West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry: My best teammate...?


A 19-year career has seen Gareth Barry move level with Ryan Giggs on 632 Premier League appearances.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels the Gunners can be proud of what Kieran Gibbs achieved while at the club, while the Frenchman also admitted it will be unusual to see the left-back on the opposing team when West Brom take on Arsenal. "You accept that as well from the players who play for their club", came the response when the subject came up. Take our quiz and find out. So it may be tough to beat and the longer I can go it will be tougher as well.

Now at West Bromwich Albion, the 36-year-old midfielder is a model of professionalism, dedication and durability, his career arguably never receiving the credit it has fully deserved.

"Once the transfer period is over, you focus on your squad and your players", said Wenger.

Danny Welbeck is out until after the global break with a groin injury and long-term injured midfielder Santi Cazorla is unlikely to be involved in first-team matters until the turn of next year.

That is still not the case for Barry.

Barry was a much-cherished member of City's Premier League title-winning team in 2011-2012, shoring up the midfield to allow Yaya Toure to rampage forward.

"They're bastions of this sport", West Brom manager Tony Pulis said.

"I believe that it's an outstanding achievement and that he's a player who is intelligent, determined, strong in the challenge, has good technical quality and I personally always rated him highly".

Barry has worn the captain's armband for England on several occasions among his 53 caps for his country.

"I try to enjoy it and it is a fantastic life I have been living so, (hopefully) keep it going!" Whether it will stay around for long I don't know'.