SunSport can reveal the Gunners have been checking out Barry’s position at Manchester City — where he has a year left to run on his £100,000-a-week deal.

Arsenal would not match those wages and do not necessarily see the 32-year-old as a regular starter.

But they could put a two-year deal on the table on lower terms which may interest Barry.

The Gunners are in the market for a holding midfielder and have been rebuffed by Bayer Leverkusen in their attempts to sign Germany star Lars Bender, 24.