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Wenger On Reported Interest In Demba Ba & David Villa

Arsene Wenger has responded to reports linking him with Demba Ba and David Villa as well as giving the latest on whether Thierry Henry will return to the club

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Arsene Wenger on Demba Ba and Thierry Henry.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has responded to questions about reported interest in Demba Ba and David Villa as well as giving the latest on whether he’ll try and bring Thierry Henry back to the club for a third time.

The Mirror claims Arsenal are interested in signing Newcastle striker Demba Ba when the transfer window re-opens next week and we’re said to be considering meeting his £7.5m release clause. However, when quizzed about the reports today Wenger confirmed that while he’s a fan of the 27-year-old’s, he insists we’re not close to signing the Senegalese forward.

“I like Demba Ba, yes. I don’t think [this] is the right place to speak about that, because he plays against us tomorrow.

“I wouldn’t like to put Newcastle or us or him in an uncomfortable position. If you ask me: ‘Do we sign Demba Ba?’ I say no.” Wenger is quoted as saying by the Mirror.

Sky Sports News claim we’ve been linked with Barcelona striker David Villa and the boss was equally coy when asked about his interest in the Spanish hitman.

“Any interest we have in any players has to be kept secret at the moment. I cannot come out with any names.” Wenger is quoted as saying by Sky Sports

Legend Thierry Henry has been training at London Colney with the squad recently and Wenger was also asked about whether he’ll try and bring the 35-year-old back to the club for a third spell. The boss refused to rule out the possibility but insists he hasn’t spoken to Henry about it as yet. Arsene told Sky Sports:

“I’ve not lost interest in him. He’s still coming to practise with us.

“Our relationship is very close but, at the moment, I think he has had a second spell at the club that was very successful. You have to be cautious that it’s not one time too many.

“I have not completely ruled it out but I haven’t spoken about it with him at all.”

Henry’s second stint with Arsenal was a huge success, when he scored within 10 minutes of coming on against Leeds in the FA Cup last January, but I too have my reservations about him coming back for a third time.

While he’s arguably in better shape now than he was a year ago, with the Frenchman coming off the back of an excellent season in the MLS that saw him score 15 goals and provide 12 assists in 25 games, and i’d be happy to see him come back again but only if we also sign another striker on a permanent basis or at the very least on loan until the end of the season.

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There is little doubt we need more options up front but having Thierry back for 8 weeks isn’t the answer. We need a player to be with us until the end of the season. So if we do bring Henry back on loan, I only hope we also sign another striker as well and i’d love to see either Villa or Ba come to the Emirates next month.

It’s no surprise the boss gave little away about his reported interest in the pair. He always plays his cards close to his chest so we’ll just have to sit back and see what January brings. If anything!

Would you like Arsenal to sign Villa, Ba or Henry? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Samedoo

    December 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Wenger get Ba and Henry before rivals signs him up. #HALA GUNNERS #HALA SAMEDOO #HALA INVISIBLES! Gunners till enternity!

  2. Azu. Nwosu

    December 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Wenger should know that the league championship race need team with formidable squad. He would have known by now that Arsenal has not known the fate in that race; we are not in a child’s play, he should change his tansfer policies and provide the team with what its needs. The team needs strikers and defensive Midfielder.

  3. idowue

    December 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Pls let sign ba before other clubs snatch him frm us.


    December 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    The idea of Ba is good because of his premiership pedigree. David Villa? Hmm. I hope it doesn’t as a vain dream cos it’ll be just great if we can buy him. My fingers are crossed!

  5. Stalios

    December 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Villa over Ba any day of the week! Don’t care how old he is. He’s still a world class striker. Ba is ok but not in the same league

  6. Akeem Abdulkareem Lanre

    December 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Wenger always give the same excuses of not going to buy anyhow player in the transfer market every season except if quality players are available. We have seen the likes of hazard, mata & vertonghen went the other side instead of coming to emirates. Demba ba, arda turan, yan m”villa, lucas biglia are all on the card now. Fingers crossed.

  7. Dom

    December 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Why do the recent articles on this matter all headline Wenger rules out moves for the named players. All he has said is he likes the players but can not comment on the matter because the transfer window isn’t open yet. If anything his comments prove that we are in for these players because he hasn’t stated that we will not be signing them like he has done in the past.

  8. gunnit

    December 28, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    i dont think ba is arsenal quality imo. he is a great player but i just dont think he is what we need. he may be cheap but he will still take up a chunk of our pay roll and i think we could use that instead to invest on a more suitable and prolific goal scoring srtiker for our club. ALWAYS A GUNNER…COYG!!

  9. Jay

    December 29, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I fink we should sign both for 18m

  10. Toye

    December 29, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Wenger pls buy a top striker dis january nd stp all dis nonsence.

  11. Raymond

    December 29, 2012 at 4:49 am

    All there articles are always out to come up with transfer rumours that will fetch market for dea papers. Otherwise all these players they target for arsenal are not actually da ones the club have contacted. Pliz gunners listen only to official website not these rubbish

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  13. keyur

    December 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Villa?!!!!! Nani villa podolski
    Look at that front 3?!

  14. JLGUNN3R7

    December 31, 2012 at 3:50 am

    The only players to score more goals than Demba Ba since he came to the premier league are RvP, Rooney and Aguero. Aguero and Rooney have only scored 1 and 5 more respectively. How is Demba Ba not a good enough striker for Arsenal? If we don’t sign him and go after another striker without proven Premier League goal-scoring experience, I don’t think we will finish in the top 4. I would also love to see Cheick Tiote or Marouane Fellaini, Pepe Reina and Leighton Baines. I dont think those 4 players would be more than 45million. Zaha wouldn’t hurt either.

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