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David Villa To Push Through Move As Arsenal Enter Talks With Barca Over Potential £13.8m Deal

Arsenal are prepared to pay Barcelona £13.8m to sign striker David Villa with the player understood to be ready to make a personal plea to push through the move

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, more on the future of David Villa.

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With Arsene Wenger seemingly concentrating on shifting fringe players in the early stages of the January transfer window, one major piece of in-coming transfer news that’s gathering pace is that of David Villa’s potential move to Arsenal.

According to, we’ve made an official move for the Spanish hitman and are willing to pay Barcelona £13.8 million to take him off their hands this month and are even willing to meet the players £110,000-a-week wages.

Even more intriguing is Goal’s claim that Villa is keen to join Arsenal after growing frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities at the Nou Camp since returning from a broken leg.

This ties in nicely with the Daily Mail‘s report that claims we’re in talks with Barcelona to sign the 31-year-old, and they also say that Villa wants to move to the Emirates this month and is ready to make a personal request to Barca officials to try and push through a deal.

Both reports claim that Barcelona have rejected the idea of a loan and will only consider selling Villa this month, with the Mail suggesting the Catalans will demand £16m for the striker.

It’s certainly an interesting one. Reading the reports in recent weeks I’ve laughed them off as nothing more than idle transfer gossip but there might just be something in this after all.

Villa has struggled to get a run of games this season since returning from injury, having to compete with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Pedro, Alexis, Tello and Cuenca on the wings and is unlikely to replace Lionel Messi in his preferred central striker role any time soon.

Like any top player, I’m sure Villa wants to be playing regularly and at 31, he’s coming to the end of his illustrious career and I doubt he’ll want to spend it warming the bench. So you just never know.

The Mail claim Barcelona still owe us money from the Alex Song transfer so perhaps we could use that as leverage in negotiations?

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However, no matter how much I read about this potential transfer, I just can’t believe it will ever happen. It would be a huge shift in policy from Wenger for a start. Can you really see the boss playing over £13m and paying £110,000-a-week in wages for a 31-year-old who’s just back from a broken leg? I certainly can’t.

There is also the Walcott factor to consider. If we sign Villa he’s going to want to play up front, where does that leave Theo? He’s still to sign a contract extension and has only recently been given a chance to play through the middle. How will he feel if we sign another striker who’s going to take his place up top? Hardly going to persuade him to put pen-to-paper is it?

Let’s see how this develops over the coming days. No doubt I’d love to see the Spaniard come to Arsenal but deep down I just don’t see it happening.

Would you like to see Villa at Arsenal? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. yakubu m.odah

    January 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I love that I know villa will end up at arsenal I wish arsenal luck UP Gunners

  2. MJB23

    January 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Villa won’t replace Walcott. He’ll aid in squad rotation and strength.

    • leo

      January 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Hey I do home he replaces walcott. He brings on ball skills that Walcott does not possess

  3. the king

    January 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    villa, giroud, walcott…..we will be more then sorted in the center forward area.

  4. Eghaire Xavier Oreva

    January 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    We should be fast about this villa’s deal nd also try nd get adrian lopez,I think with dat we gonna make some impact

    • Dom

      January 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Villa, Adrian, Giroud, Theo and Podolski. Five players who will be fighting for 1/2 spaces. Nice one

  5. shellykeen

    January 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Yea,and d attck becomes deadly.villa walcott podoski,giroud,carzorla

  6. Abel

    January 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Keeping Walcott and bringing in Villa would be a delight.Then it would remain a central defender, a defensive midfielder and peharps a goalie. If Villa doesn’t come then we have to buy another top class finisher. I don’t subscribe to loaning or selling Arshavin, he is a great talent and needs more playing time here. With this in place, we’ll have our ‘trophy'(4th position) and even more if we scale tomorrow’s hurdle.

  7. moha abdull

    January 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    we need villa come on arsene hurry up!!

  8. john babalola

    January 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Yeah I will love him to play for arsenal then theo play at the side while villa be the point man but I can’t buy the idea of that 110 000 per week cox it can never happen as at that age anyway I trust asene on that path…..

  9. Mightyfemtex

    January 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hmmm….Villa to Emirates? So pleasant in hearing… But i don’t see it happening…Is he not arsene-wenger? And his policy? And if at all it will happen then that means we already loose one of our stars.,….probably Theo Walcot”

  10. koletowo omotola

    January 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Obviously, villa Ȋ̝̊̅S̶̲̥̅ a top class player n signing him would bε̲̣̣̣̥ a very GƠ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡D deal for us. Ƈɑ̣̣̝̇̇ŋ’t wait 2 Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ him play for Arsenal. Arsene wenger shldnt av let Demba Ba slip off his hand

  11. adeleye adewale

    January 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    let our attack be as deadly as Man utd nd Man city. Wenger buy Villa nd lets ave a de adly attack. Walcott, villa nd giroud wili be a gud one. We can nt realy on only walcott nd giroud

  12. atid

    January 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Villa can play as the loan striker or across the 3 man attqcking midfield he is also deadly in a duo. i would like to see walcott villa giroud and podolski fighting it out for two spots in a 442. if not then its walcott cazorla podolski villa chamberlain rosicky gervinho giroud fighting it out for 4 positions in 4231. if we dont get rid of arshavin he then covers gervinho until he returns. unless we buy lopez as well! next summer hopefully ryo afobe campbell gnabry and eisfeld will be ready to replace arshavin and boost the attacking options.

  13. Arinze Anosike

    January 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I luv arsenal bt i want arsene wenger 2 buy a defensive midfielder so dat arteta wil play his normal place plzzzzzzzzz…..

    • Charlie

      January 6, 2013 at 2:09 am

      I think you’re right but they’ve always said the money is always available for “special” players that the manager wants so now it’s time to deliver on those promises. Arsene should be able to do both (Villa and a DM) if the club sticks to its’ word.

  14. franklin

    January 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    hurry up!!!

  15. Abent

    January 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    If wenger can gets Villa and lopez Arsenal will not go in drought this season.

  16. Charlie

    January 6, 2013 at 1:50 am

    At the last World Cup I was lucky enough to attend a Spain match against Honduras and Villa was playing as a left sided forward. He scored a fantastic goal from that position but the lad is equally good with both feet. There is no reason why he can’t play on the left or right forward positions and Arsenal do need a player that can play in those positions. If Podolski gains some consitency and Walcott stays but wants to play through the middle Ox becomes the first choice for the right wing or right forward position. I think he’s still a bit young to be first choice and would be better as first backup to both Villa and Podolski. It’s a lot of money for Arsenal to spend on a player over 30 and would be a massive change of philosophy but it could definitely work. I’ll be delighted if Arsenal sign him.

  17. Charlie

    January 6, 2013 at 1:53 am

    One final thing. If Rooney is worth 250k a week the top goalscorer in Spains’ history is worth 110k a week without doubt.

  18. john

    January 6, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Lets hope we can break this wage philosophy and start competing with the top teams

  19. hmzi

    January 6, 2013 at 4:33 am

    13m, 110k a week & 2 & 1/2 years contract. i think its a bargain despite villa already in his 30s. wenger should go for it.

  20. Cele

    January 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Yes, it is a fantastic idea for villa to be a gunner because of his sharp goal scoring qualities, but i’m steal yet to believe if the villa deal is true.

  21. Gunee

    January 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Arsene wenger? Signing villa? Oh com‘on…. if it‘s a joke just stop it. If you are talking about chelsea wanting to sign villa 31yrs 110 weekly wages then that would make sense not WENGER (MR KNOW IT ALL).

  22. Ogori

    January 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    We david villa we can beat any one in any match, David Villa pls we need u to kill club like man utd,chelsea,man city.tottham and liverpool 4 us pls arsenal hurry up and buy david villa na abeg

  23. Adam

    January 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    lol, just what arsenal need. Arsenal are quite content with top 4, top 4…that’s all you hear from Arsene and now the arsenal fans….
    WHERE IS YOUR AMBITION…buying players like villa will get you nowhere…

  24. Liam

    January 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Awesome! Forewards from left to right..


    Giroud will become bench warmer.


    January 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    If there turns out to be ANY truth to this- personally I can see this transfer being more so that Giroud has a player to learn from. That’s why we’ve gone for the 31yr old as opposed to Adrian Lopez “the new David Villa” because Villa wont be around as long. Plus it gives a more chance at luring more Barca kids over here for the chance to be where Villa is.

  26. Luciani

    January 7, 2013 at 6:42 am

    All you guys thinking Wenger is gonna bring in a 31 year old on a 110K per week wage are dumb.

    He never has and he won’t start now. 2 weeks ago he said that he will only buy “incredible players at the right price and who are eligible for CL football”.

    Now, if you read thru that statement, its a contradiction coz no incredible player comes at the right price in the January transfer window. Plus such players are more than likely to have been playing in the CL already.

    So, get over yourselves and just know that he (Wenger) will play us all as he always does

  27. Chellah

    January 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I would like to see Villa or Lopez at Arsnal, to play alongside walcoat and Giroud. Please Wenger hurry up! while stocks last. Gunner AND XYZee for ever

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