It is a more than open secret that Arsenal are looking for a striker in January, even if its only to cover for Gervinho as he will miss the first six weeks of the New Year at the African Cup of Nations.
One top, top, top, top striker who looks set to go out on loan in January is Barcelona’s David Villa, as he has not had much chance to find his feet again after recovering from lat season’s broken leg, and Arsenal have been mooted as a possible destination.
But suddenly, Michael Laudrup’s Swansea side have been cut by Skybet from 40/1 down to an incredible 8/11 hot favourites to get David Villa on loan in January. The bookie thinks there is surely no smoke without fire. Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer said: “It is certainly a surprising development but, judging from the size of the stakes, it appears somebody knows something we don’t.
“The suggestion is that Barcelona could allow the Spain striker to leave on a loan deal in the intention that he can regain form following the leg break, having looked some way off his best since returning at the start of the season.
“The Swans appear good suitors given their current Spanish contingent and preference to playing attractive football.”
You would think that with the favours that Arsenal have done Barcelona in recent times, like the cheap deals for Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song, that they would give Arsenal first refusal on such a deal wouldn’t they?