Have Barcelona opened the door for Villa to join Arsenal?

Arsenal were linked with David Villa weeks ago, and may even have had a bid turned down by Barcelona. The Spanish giants have declared that Villa is a vital member of the squad and they need him for the rest of the season, but something is not right. Stories hit the papers that the 31-year old striker was pushing for the transfer to Arsenal, because what the club was saying was not reflected in the reality of his situation.

It is believed that Arsenal will return to Barcelona with an offer in the last days of the transfer window. Whether the club agrees to the sale or not could be determined by whether they have persuaded Villa to stick with it. Last night was a chance to show Villa that he is valued, but they did the exact opposite.

Villa has played in all of the Copa Del Rey matches for which he has been fit so far, but was left warming the bench next to Alex Song last night. It was a crucial second leg for the Catalans, after drawing the home leg 2-2 with Malaga. It was a tight game until Barcelona’s pressure finally paid off to seal the tie. Even then, when substitutions were made and Messi went off, Villa remained on the bench while Alexis Sanchez, Adriano and Thiago got a run out.

Villa must have been furious and will be left in no doubt that his career at Barcelona is at an end. They seem to prefer giving games to players who have come through the ranks, such as Tello, Alexis and Pedro, even though Villa has outscored them all with much fewer games.

It could be fantastic news for Arsenal fans if it leads to the transfer of Villa to the Emirates next week. There is one league game on Sunday and the first leg of the cup semi-final against Real Madrid left for Barcelona to change Villa’s mind, but I think he got the message loud and clear last night.

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68 thoughts on “Have Barcelona opened the door for Villa to join Arsenal?

  1. Twig

    Seems our only signing is going to be a loan move for Barcelona’s Isaac Cuenca.

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  2. TBCP

    He will be a great signing. Giroud seems to be a very good assister and passer. Despite his lack of pace he could try CF? But I think a 2 striker formation could be better.

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  3. John

    He is 31 and yes a good player but he cant play CL for arsenal and more to the point he is old and not somthing you can build a freat team around. If we can spend 13 mil on him then spend 25 mill on a player that will be at arsenal for 5-6 years not 2 at the most. AW is tight but he can have mad times this is somthing he would do but i hope not. All the players that AW name has been put to teams like the north london toss pots and man u are snapping up? Strange but is this a game AW is playing

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  4. Baldylox

    It would be a special day if villa came to the emirates but i cant see barca selling him they are happy to take our players on tic but wont sell i think if they didnt owe us 8m he would have been here by now

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  5. John

    Baldylox
    Why would it be a great day for arsenal? He is to old we need players that will be around in 5 years.

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  6. LoCkAy

    Impossible…
    We do not have the financial muscle unless he comes on loan… !!

    Few days left and we all know Wenger is not going to bring players.

    I can already hear complaining when we start getting injuries… ” We are short at the back” “we are short in midfield “… ” Diaby has a problem and will be out for few weeks” More like few months…!!! “Rosicky still short ” …!!!

    Getting tired of this guy !

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  7. BG Gunner

    barca tried to shut it for him, but villa forced it open…only for wenger to kick him back in, tell him: we’ve got gervinho, and shut it straight down his face

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  8. Twig

    How many years will Wenger give a 31 year old player? He’s certainly not getting a 4 year contract from us. Forget it guys. Villa is not coming. Just like Zaha, Diame and M’vila, we were never on his case.

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  9. LoCkAy

    Barcelona can pressure us to sell them players, but we cannot do the same… It just show how powerless Arsenal is… Whatever Wenger says when he talks about Arsenal being a top club… It is a load of bullocks… Because we are not.

    WE HAVE NO FINANCIAL MUSCLE, AND NO SPORTING POWER… JUST ANOTHER MID TABLE CLUB… AND IT IS A FACT.

    OUR HISTORY IS NOT GREAT ENOUGH TO BE A DECISION MAKING DURING TRANSFER NEGOTIATIONS…

    I JUS WONDER WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING ALL THOSE 7 YEARS WHEN WE WERE USELESS ON THE PITCH.

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  10. Sir G

    Wenger has reportedly tabled £20m for Jovetic. If this transfer pulls through, then we may dispense with out-of-favour Villa. Only that we should add Wanyama to strengthen our midfield and the race for the 3rd/4th spot will become real again! I pray!!!

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  11. Reddb10

    it looks like we will only buy what is left over and under 2 mill, if we buy at all that is.
    The spuds are about to beat us and sign Diame so we can expect AW to say we were never interested tomorrow.
    Normally the chief exec of a football club will be working his arse off during the transfer window but ours is sitting at home counting the interest on his bonus.
    Ivan Gazidis you are a useless burden to AFC please do us all a favor and resign.

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  12. rio

    zaha signed utd for 35k p/w if he was here he would be on 60k p/w and it would be same for messi lol…

    why is asene and board foolin themselves by this social pay structure i wonder??

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  13. Absolute prince

    Wenger got issues or he is tired of the club let him quit. Why give the fans hope and den crush their hopes and possibly rule out all signings total bullocks from.a coach and he has burnt his last bridge with the fans watch out

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  14. spider

    As I’ve said all along Arsenal ain’t buying no new players in the January transfer window!!

    Now Wenger’s come out and said openly that there will be no new arrivals at the club!

    Told you so! But you wouldn’t listen!!

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  15. TIME BOMB

    What is the essence of bringing in players n palying them out of position. Why are we craving for a striker when we hv giroud. I thought many of u thought he only needed polishing blah blah…
    Wenger says he doesn’t need new players. Besides the financial year is coming to an end. The shareholders want profitable returns as usual

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  16. mighty

    Next article pleas let it be a breaking news,arsenal have signed a Dm and a striker that all we need

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  17. JackDeLeon

    Wenger on the day before we signed Cazorla: “I don’t know this guy”
    I think Barca is trying to get some more money from David Villa. Happening or not, depends on how hard we want him.
    We only have Giroud as main striker now, so I have a feeling we’ll go for him. Born goal-scorer, terrific finishing and winner mentality, that will be a massive boost for our squads.

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  18. Twig

    With still no signings to show, Bayern vs Arsenal is suddenly looking like it’s going to be verrryyy interesting :-D

    Szczesny
    Sagna Mertasacker Vermalaen Gibbs
    Cazorla Wilshere Arteta
    Walcott Podolski
    Giroud

    Gomez
    Ribery Kroos Robben
    Bastian Martinez
    Alaba Badstuber Dante Lahm
    Neue

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  19. XBEN

    I’M REALLY TIRED OF THIS IDEA OF WENGER BUYING PLAYERS VERBALLY AND NEVER GET TO BUY AT LONG LAST. IF WENGER BELIEVES HE BE OK WITH THAT DULL GIROUD, THEN HE’S SURELY INTO DRUGS OR SMOKING SOMETHING.

    I LOVE VILLA, HE’S DEADLY!

    GUUUUUUNNNNEEEEERRRRSSSSSS 4LYF N 4 DAVID VILLA

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  20. JustJoy

    If Barca will not Allow Villa to Us then they should pay us our £17m and AW Should look elsewhere. Cock and Bull stories.

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  21. mac11gooner

    Well after hearin/reading wengers press conference 2day.. I Don’t expect no signings!!!! We are so out of touch… And I’ve just read that we was in for zaha but we didn’t want to pay over 7mil… To think we paid 12mil for a 16year old 100metre sprinter….. I totally agree we are now a midtable team, trying to with play with the big boys… Only thing I smile about these days is we’ve got 1 special player and watching him is a treat.. (Mr wilshere)

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  22. theghostinside

    Dude, your articles are shit. In your last one you have put in wrong statistics, and now u dream of Villa after Wenger stated TODAY that he is NOT IN for him!check your stuff before posting shit!

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  23. Bolly

    Wenger just confirmed in press conference he will not go after Villa.
    He also more or less said no one will be bought in this window and even asked for January window to be done away with or at least limit the number of players a club can buy.

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  24. GUNNER003

    The negetivity just seems to get worse everytym I come in here……pathetic….fans uplift the team not dig a bigger grave!!!!!!!!…….

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  25. Gunnerkev

    Everyone seems to be forgetting he will not be eligible for CL football nor will wanyama we need players like jovetic he is awesome and DMF like capoue , and jack butland get rid of arsshaving, squelchi santos fabianski and mannona we need a cb if it happens in our dreams mats hummel but again ineligible maybe angel Rangel Swansea have some great cb come on wenger you hiked the ticket prices the least you can do is pay it back with top talent and not unheard of some dreams come true gooner4life

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  26. CUT

    I LOVE TRANSFER WINDOWS…THATS THE ONLY TIME WE GOONERS CAN DREAM ABOUT MEGA SIGNINGS!

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  27. synsix

    guys dont lose hope, Gervinho is in red hot form and he’d b like a new signin.. ah cant wait.. oh yeah Diaby and Rosicky are back as well.. good god so many ‘like’ new signings.. wat els do u want? just get a god jacket with a top top quality zipper Wenger and we are happy :-)

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  28. goonar

    I QUIT I JUST QUIT F*CK UR BELOVED WENGER HOPE HE GOES TO HELLL HE JUST RULED OUT SIGNING F*CKER

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  29. caribgooner

    After hearing what this guy had to say about transfers this morning i am just plain angry…you know i was really hopeful about this window….They said we would be busy…a couple days ago at the press conference after the match he said he had to leave early to work on transfers..now this…seriously what is wrong with this guy?Am sick in the stomach of Wenger…If we have no money after selling our stars and such high ticket prices then am afraid that this club is closer to financial meltdown than we think

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  30. TIME BOMB

    From BBC sportwenger says he,s not buying any players. That for every position he has 2 players.
    So please let’s stop this rumour mongering

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  31. craig2500

    We need cover in a few area’s, not great to hear Wengers words today dont expect anything special. Cheers Arsene thanks for brightening up my weekend :)

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  32. The Goon

    Wouldn’t it be nice to actually steal a player from barca that they don’t wanna get rid and a good player he is too, he’s no spring chicken but still has a killer touch infront of goal come on AW lets make him a arsenal player .

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  33. achilles

    I don’t understand y sm 1 frm u go n throw a shoe at wenga’s face. To show are frustration. I could hv done this if I was in London.
    God bless Arsenal.

    Gunnersfor life.

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  34. max power

    Mr Wenger playing the fans once again with his lies about signing quality player in this window.you can’t believe a word out of his mouth,

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  35. Badfan

    Arsene Wenger said : “We have been linked with David Villa but nothing concrete there. We are not on the case”.
    “We have not contacted West Ham about Diame.

    “We want to make things happen from inside the club. We have the resources to do well.

    “The gamble is much bigger than during the summer. The number of players you are allowed to sign should be limited.”

    “Walcott has improved everywhere. His finishing has improved a lot. Giroud is developing well and fights for the team”.

    The win over Westham made him feel we are the invincibles.

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  36. Gunnerkev

    I just heard about wenger he said dont expect a miracle he lifts our spirits and hopes and drops them like a bag of sh#t we needed players and he has let us down again as he says the January transfer is a waste of time, it can’t be a waste of time because we need players we can’t rely on giroud or diaby this is damn right unfair I have had enough promises promises just because we beat WHU it’s just crap he is so delusional I think he is just papering over the cracks. I was on here last week singing mr wengers praises now I’m just disappointed they have our money and our hearts now they are toying with us it’s not fair unless something happens I’m outta ov here love arsenal but can’t let this happen again wenger buy or just walk please u are killing our team also if u go take the money grabbing yank and the Russian blob with ya

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  37. XBEN

    HOW WE GOOONNNEERR SURVIVE BAYERN MUNCHEN WITH A DULL STRIKER LIKE GIROUD? C’ON WENGER U CRAZY?

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  38. mac11gooner

    CAPOUE is available and wenger and ivan are sitting down in there office playing wid themselves…. They don’t like buyin in january because value for money….. “Well they should of addressed the problem in the summer after u sold alex song”. That the penalty u have too pay!! Wouldn’t be suprised if diaby gets injuried in feb!!! Our bench so poor! So any injuries to key players we’re doomed!!! Its all good thinkin we’re 4points from top 4… Take a look down the table… We’re about 5points from being 9th -10th in league!!!

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  39. Julzeh

    Bullshxt once again. arsene just said hes not interested in signing david villa, im sorry but it looks like no new signings will be bought in this month :(

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  40. John

    We will end the season 6th only just. I think we will drop 5 more games as the arsenal can no longer play there way out of problems like we did. Name of the game is to pass and if you lose it Chase it down till you get it back just keep working and pressing. Free some of that case up sell the players that will never put the red & white on. Even if we are at a loss. Then get some holding players that can just do a job no more no less better then players not doing shit all. And i must say AD our midfilder sorry pay as you play or better just sack him

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  41. Thala

    Q:HAVE BARCELONA OPENED THE DOOR FOR VILLA TO JOIN ARSENAL??
    A:ARSENAL DOOR IS ALWAYS CLOSED.IT OPENS ONLY IF OUR PLAYER WANTS TO LEAVE.

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  42. spider

    ArsenalFC is not our club its Wenger’s club for him to do whatever he wants with it and he don’t have to answer to nobody!

    Well Well Well how did we ever get in this situation!

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  43. lpw

    relax when has wenger ever come out and said he is buying someone!!! never!! everyone should know by now he keeps everyone guessing, there will be 1 maybe 2 signings no more and you wont know who they are until the deal is signed and sealed

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  44. mwenyeji

    get somt things straight though, Alexis Sanchez did not come through the ranks. Kid was with Udinese until 2011.
    As for Villa being on the bench, it could be down to fitness issues, his form, form of the other players or a combination of the three.
    The question that bothers me is, why would we get rid of RVP coz he is 29 with fitness issues and go for Villa at 31 with fitness issues?I for one is not as excited as most guys

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  45. Uche

    Well, all hopes are not lost. Arsene Wenger is a man who speaks in tongues because nothing he says about transfers ever makes sense. Based on that alone, I will not read meaning into whatever he says. Days before we bought carzola, wenger said he had never heard of him. Now he is saying there is nothing ‘concrete’ about our interest in David villa. Concrete? Isn’t that wenger speak for, ‘Something is up but I cannot say more and I will neither confirm nor deny our interest’? When wenger is not interested in a player, he can be very clear about it. Case in point, when it was obvious that Zaha was going to united, wenger ended the specualtion by saying that we were never in for him. But wenger never said we are not in for David Villa.

    Anyway, whatever.

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  46. Wenger sucks

    We won’t sign anyone during this window again..Wenger’s delusional if he thinks we can without more additions..Just wondering where the money from Fabregas, Nasri, Van Persie etc… went- good guess probably the board’s pockets…It sucks being an arsenal fan these days…MORE garbage from wenger day in and day out about transfers…

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  47. John

    What crap that is what our arsenal is now & wont change till AW goes to spain or france sny of them will do me. PSG say they want to do a swop for our manager and there’s to come to arsenal. Ha please god let this be true

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  48. Gigi

    If they dont allow Villa to come (if its true he wants to come) Wenger should learn from this.
    Not everyone is as good guy as he is when it comes to transfers and players wanting out.

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  49. alby

    well for me i dont believe in this transfer masturbation wenger is trying to perpetuate,trust me there are transfer activities going on under the carpet and wenger ll never admit it publicly untill its been done with.still fingers crossed and one thing,be patient my friends,patient!

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  50. steve

    everyone talking about us fans lifting the players how about for once the players,the board and arsene wenger lift us fans after all we are the ones shelling out all this cash .

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  51. marlogooner

    On another note, dont it seem like alex song made the worst choice in his football career? Regular starter to regular bench warmer!!!

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  52. Abhi

    So where are we… is he gonna sign anyone.. or we simply wasting our time in checking if anyones coming in… wish we could see couple of new signings…and refresh our top 4 finish hopes… cheers..

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  53. annie

    Just to give Arsenal fans a clear picture of Villa’s situation at Barca.
    Villa has scored more goals than Pedro and Sanchez, and he has hardly started a game, also Villa has been leading Barca through the Copa del Rey, that is until last nights game, the issue is that Iniesta has been pushed to the wing to open up space for Cesc to play in midfield, the reason why Villa has been shut out. Villa is also not injury prone, he is always fit, I think he is good to go for another 4 years, still an exelent football player, age is just a number, just check out Toti from Roma.

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  54. Abhi

    Defeats against Man C n Chelsea shows where we stand as a team. We are no more the force to be recon with. Win against West Ham is not a great achievement. if we want to be with them, we hav to buy good players. average players can only make us a mid-table team. come on Mr. Wenger…

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  55. surais

    Wenger al the time …….giv hope for the fans bt end of the day nothing will happen.
    Wasting time mr wenger .better u concentrate in training with current squad .
    Sure u wont add any star player .ur style is very simple ….u create star n sell to
    Other clubs n rival .bt u wont buy star player .

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  56. Ryan

    If we could adapt a form of 4-4-2 to accommodate villa and Giroud that’s frightening!

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  57. Ryan

    Schezney

    Sagna mert verm Gibbs

    Wanayama
    Walcott Wilshere. Podolski

    cazorla
    Villa/Giroud

    That is a frightening proposition!

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  58. Samuel A.Turay-Makeni Sierra Leone

    Barca should endevour to give arsenal Villa because arsenal gave Fabrigas to them when they needed him most,therefore Villa must be released based on the good relationship that has existed between the two teams.

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