But the midfielder admitted breaking the Premier League appearance record was never a goal. You make your debut and you're focused on different things.
Retirement is not even in Barry's mind, the prospect of a Saturday afternoon without patrolling the centre circle nearly unbearable to think about for a player who made his debut 19 years ago as a teenager at Aston Villa.
"He wasn't happy with me because he wanted me to stay around and felt I was going to get enough game time".
All Arsenal fans that were watching Reiss Nelson in the Gunners tour of Australia and China couldn't have failed to be impressed by his silky skills, which I highlighted in a video at the beginning of the season, but for our new 52m GBP signing Alexandre Lacazette to have been just as impressed is high praise indeed.
"I want to go as long as possible", said Barry. Any ex-players and all my family say "play as long as possible because there'll be plenty of time to sit back and do different things".
No celebrations for Barry unless West Brom take something from Arsenal
"Before I was leaving Villa and when I was leaving Man City to go to Everton there was a bit of interest too". The desire is still there.
Barry made 365 appearances for Villa before playing 132 matches in the top flight for Manchester City.
Arsenal have lost two of their last four games against West Brom.
Lacazette himself is getting used to the hustle and bustle of the Premier League after his club-record £46.4million move from Lyon in the summer.
'I believe (the appearance record) that it's an outstanding achievement and that he's a player who is intelligent, determined, strong in the challenge, has good technical quality.