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Spanish Star Wants Arsenal Move But Wenger No Longer Wants Him

Barca striker David Villa wants to move to Arsenal at the end of the season but Arsene Wenger is ready to turn his attention to youngster targets in the summer.

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Some interesting news on the future of David Villa today with the Sun reporting he wants to seal a move to Arsenal at the end of the season, but the Mirror claim Arsene Wenger no longer wants him as he’ll turn his attention to youngster targets in the summer.

We were heavily linked with a move for the Spanish hitman throughout the January transfer window but it was understood that Barca wouldn’t let the striker leave half way through the season.

After struggling to regain his first team place following a broken leg, the Sun claim Villa has decided to quit the Nou Camp and has his ‘heart set’ on a move to the Emirates in the summer. The 31-year-old will only have a year left on his current contract at the end of the season and the newspaper suggests he could be snapped up for around £14 million.

However, Villa may be disappointed to read the Mirror’s report that claims Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has cooled his interest in him and will turn his attention to younger targets in the summer.

The Mirror claims that Wenger was keen to sign the Barca man last month to try and give his squad more cutting edge during the second half of the season but the Frenchman is understood to have told his staff he’ll now be in the market for a younger striker come the summer.

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It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if Wenger does go for a different striker now. Villa would have been a superb signing in January and would have given us a major boost as we try to overhaul Chelsea and Tottenham for a place in the top-four. But it never happened and I doubt we’ll ever see him in an Arsenal shirt now.

He’ll be 32 at the end of this year and if Arsene Wenger is going to buy a striker in the summer, I think he’d prefer to spend his money on someone who has more years ahead of him as well as more potential sell-on value. It’s a shame though as I’d have loved to see David Villa playing alongside the likes of Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott. They could have devastating.

Would you still go for Villa in the summer or buy someone younger? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. SAJ

    February 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I would take him in a heartbeat!!

  2. LOL

    February 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Too old and pricey. Barcelona would have conned us good if they were to get 15m for him.

  3. ken lo

    February 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Yes, go for him in the summer, but play Barcelona at their own game.
    Start unsettling the player even more and then tell them via the media that we are only prepared to offer £8million and we also want the money owed to us for Fabregas and Song.
    Get cazorla, Arteta etc to say how he would love it playing here and then just sit back and wait!!!!!!!!

  4. Mfournier

    February 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Never really thought if Arsenal where to sign one player Villa is what Arsenal needed. He is a good striker but Arsenal need to worry about other areas of the pitch first. Villa is not a RVP type striker Arsenal need to find another Bergkamp to play in behind the striker THEN a player LIKE Villa could be great like Overmars was when paired with Bergkamp. Also Villa is a short term fix at best. Arsenal need to think a bit more long term and sign someone in between young talent and the all most finished star. And most of all stop selling the good players you already have. Can’t build on quality if you keep having to replace what you already had every year. Other teams can sell one key player and then buy another better or as good but Arsenal has lost way too many and NOT replaced them with equal or better. And even before they lost those they were already one or 2 short of having top talent in every position. So it is a uphill battle Villa is a Luxury Arsenal Can’t afford at the moment thanks to years of transfer deals that did nothing but weaken the team year over year. If except for a good striker Arsenal was strong then fine why not get him. but really you can not just\t buy players because they are good you also have to look at What type of player would best strengthen the team as it is now and fill the holes first. I know anyone that can score goals is a good addition but that does not always win you titles remember Arsenal had RVP top in the EPL last season and we struggled to finish 3rd.

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