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.