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Arsenal are hot for David Villa

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Arsenal could make a move for Barcelona forward David Villa in the January transfer window and are looking to cough up some of the money by selling the squad’s fringe players.

Barcelona have resisted the temptation of sending the 31-year-old on loan to top English clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, insisting they will only consider a permanent switch.

Arsenal are looking to usurp this opportunity by selling some of the unwanted players at the club to generate the necessary cash while a fee in the region of £15 million would be enough to price out David Villa from the Catalan club.

Marouane Chamakh has already been loaned out to West Ham, while Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci are all expected to find the exit doors within next few weeks.

Arshavin has had talks with Reading; Djourou is wanted by Bundesliga outfit Hannover 96 while Squillaci may leave the club on a free transfer.

Though Arsenal have yet to make any formal offers but Barcelona are aware of their strong interest and whether they’re willing to do business or not, we will find out. Barca’s director of football, Andoni Zubizarreta has said that they don’t sell key players in January and David Villa will not be an exception.

The situation is tilted slightly in favour of the Gunners as English sources report that the player himself is keen on a move to the Emirates Stadium in January. The Spanish international is ready to make a personal request to club hierarchies to grant him a move to North London.

Arsenal are in need of a marquee signing to appease the ravenous demands of the fans while manager Arsene Wenger has felt the need to find an alternative to target man Olivier Giroud.

The Gunners have a good relation with Barcelona having sold midfielder Alex Song this season and Cesc Fabregas a year before.

The only fly in the ointment remains is Villa’s injury record. Given the fact that El Guaje’s entire game is pace dependent, whether he can adjust to the rigours of the Premier League is a big question.

Comments (11)

  1. arsene should abring david vila

  2. I for one do not understand Asene Wenger.When a team which is capable of scoring concedes many goals,then their defence is a suspect.In as much as u need a striker,u need a DM.The likes of M’vila,Biglia.B4 Michu was signed by Swansea who knew him.

    • only stoke, chelsea and man city gave up less goals then arsenal this season, and arsenals main problem is the inconsistency on offense. a proven goal scorer like villa would bring that. he has scored 5 goals this season for barca which is more then alexis, perdo and tello while getting much less playing time. but i also agree a defensive midi is a must.

  3. David Villa is too costly at 14m. Pounds, i’d prefer Adrian Lopez even at that rate.

  4. Wenger will dilly dally on this mouth-watering move for the rest of the month, then spurs will come in and snatch villa from under our noses. You just know that’s going to happen

  5. Really good news. If we get villa I will be really good. We are linked with Adrian Lopez and fernando lloronte so if we get all these players we will have five(good) strikers.

  6. 14 million is not much for Villa. Think about it, Sturridge cost 12 million and we all know who the better player is. Ok he is old but hes just turned 31 last month and has at least 3 years at the top level.

  7. im ok with arsenal signing david villa but i have to say they should consider buying a defensive midfielder or a decent defender .. there are also other players which they might think of signing such as llorente, huntelaar and lopez which are all younger than villa

  8. David Villa will be an ideal replacement for RVP. Talks about him being injury prone,to me,isn’t reasonable. After all there was a season RVP didn’t play up to half of Arsenal’s matches due to injuries . Bring on Villa!!!

  9. Villa agood player bt wenger needs some good defender.bt villa is a good signing

  10. superb. plus Wanyama from Celtic…guess we’re good to go