Arsenal hopes of signing David Villa dented by Barcelona

There are reports in the Spanish media today that Arsenal have raised the stakes in their attempt to sign the Spanish international striker, David Villa, from Barcelona before the deadline on Thursday night. The idea seems to be to get the 31-year old to up the pressure on his bosses at the Nou Camp, but Barcelona have countered by starting Villa and giving him the full 90 minutes against Osasuna yesterday.

The Spanish newspaper, AS, reports that Arsenal have told Villa and his club that the offer of around £10 million to buy the striker is a take it or leave it deal that will not be repeated in the summer. As Elvis Presley once sang, it’s now or never. They also report that Villa has requested the move and does not want to wait because he needs to play regularly to get in to the Spanish side for the Confederations cup in the summer.

Barcelona started Villa yesterday, on the left of Messi with Pedro on the right. He looked sharp and was involved with most of the good attacking play, setting up one of Messi’s four goals on a plate. He had the ball in the net himself, but the linesman wrongly flagged Messi offside in the build up. Barcelona will hope that they have proved that he will play more in the rest of the season, but one game may not be enough, especially against a team they were expected to beat easily.

A better indication for Villa will be if he is in the starting line up to play Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. If not, he could be heading to the Emirates. That is leaving things very late for Arsenal though, and it could be a frantic Thursday.

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112 thoughts on “Arsenal hopes of signing David Villa dented by Barcelona

  1. spaceman

    these idiots saying we shouldn’t buy him. arsenal are clearly interested with all this speculation around him. villa could play left wing as well as centre forward, giving us even more rotation, because now podolski could play upfront without leaving the wing up to someone awful like gervhino or arshavin. Or cazorla wouldn’t have to play there either.

    Giving us giroud, podolski, walcott and villa as options upfront. I am very happy with that selection.

    villa, as well as diame or wanyama. possibly a lb like luke shaw to replace santos if we’re very lucky. and we can definitely get top 4 and win the fa cup.

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  2. Neil

    Everton are in for a massive 6”3 central midfielder who likes to get forward and is a real handful.

    Is Fellaini leaving????

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  3. Ajinkya

    For all those fans who are saying Villa is too old and injury prone…so why pay more than 10 million….well..just look at Man United…they paid 24 million for RVP who had only 1 full season in his entire career.Look where they are now!!
    As to it will halt Giroud’s growth…is absolutely ridiculous..In fact that is the reason why we did not sign Demba Ba!Villa is only a short term fix where Giroud can learn from him and get better when Villa leaves(Like the Welback situation at Manu!).Honestly it is a difference between struggling for a top 4 finish and title challenging team next year!!

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  4. JStarr

    If we sign Villa, we will finally have someone who can score in big games…

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  5. Neil

    F Barca. Tell them to keep Villa and we’ll take Song and Cesc. ”What’s that…not for sale you say? Maybe, but when we sell players we expect to be paid for them. So we’re taking them back you massive douchebag.”

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  6. Cboy

    WTF are we buying him for? he’s 31 and has lost his fire power. besides, he won’t be useful to us in the champions league because he’s cup tied with barca.I must admit he might be useful in our quest for 4th spot and the FA Cup..left for me,i wud rather use the money on adrain lopez or get a DMF like diame or coupe….

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  7. OLADOTUN OLUWADARE

    i wonder y, barca ll not sell villa to arsenal, afterall they bought all arsenal stars and great footballer, leaving the club stranded in EPL, Or is villa better Henry, Hleb ,Fabrigas,Song, Overmas, accept your 10million now because you will still come and ask for Wilshere.

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  8. macca

    Wenger also said that he had rang valencia when david villa was there and said that they wouldn’t sell. later that summer he was been announced as a barca player. he’s full of it.

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  9. SAM

    IMO Jovetic is better than Villa and if barca wanna hang on to him good for them wenger needs to have a contingency plan. cause i really wanna see some transfer movement.

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