No way! Aston Villa knocks back two Arsenal bids on deadline day

Arsenal looks set to miss out on signing Douglas Luiz as Aston Villa insists he is not for sale.

The midfielder has emerged as the Gunners’ main transfer target in this window as they eye a new man for the middle of the park.

The Brazilian is in the last year of his current deal and he wants to make the move to the Emirates.

But Villa has made a very poor start to this season and they cannot lose an important player before the window closes, with little or no time for them to sign a replacement.

BBC’s chief football writer, Phil McNulty, has now delivered an update on the transfer and insists Villa is holding firm on their stance.

He tweeted: “Aston Villa holding firm in their insistence Douglas Luiz is not for sale after turning down two offers from Arsenal. Now remains to be seen if the Gunners have a third crack at changing that stance before the window close. And would Villa even have time to use the money?”

Just Arsenal Opinion

We have left it too late to sign him and it is hard to blame Villa for not agreeing to sell.

We only just beat them in the Premier League and they have endured a terrible start to the campaign.

If they allow him to leave without a replacement, things could get worse for them.

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  1. This is so frustrating. We all know that Partey is always on a treatment table, why was a replacement prioritised. Wasted precious time chasing Maquinhos and Viera on areas where we werent that bad. The injury of Partey against palace last season marked a tailspin for gunners hence the falling out of top 4…. Why not sell him together with Tieney and buy Declan rice type of a player. This is frustrating really.

    1. Wasted time chasing Maquinhos and Viera? Really? Did getting maq and Viera prevent Arsenal from getting a CDM? Or are you writing the players off when you haven’t seen them play? Smh

      1. Not writing Maq and Viera off but their signing distorted the flow of recruiting since Edu had to spend time focussing on shipping out almost 10 players before bringing in more signings. That prevented signing a CDM on time in my opinion. I believe after Gabriel Jesus, we needed a world class CDM. No disrespect to any new player that joined

  2. Looks like Villa ain’t gonna let D.Luiz leave so we may as well go back in Tieliemans and perhaps go back in for him in January, cause that’s only 17 more games to play.

  3. Believe it when I see it. Why would they turn money down now (with 1 year left) having signed Deandoncker. Makes no sense. Negotiation tactics.

    Not worried if it does fall through though, Partey is not out long. We’ll be fine either way.

  4. OT – Thought this was pretty classy from Rodgers

    “I’ll always defend players and I’ll defend Wesley Fofana. There was a lot of noise out there about him and what was said.

    “I never get too emotional with words, I try to look at the logic of it; I know where [Fofana’s Instagram] statement came from, I know it wasn’t Wesley Fofana.

    “He’s a good kid, nobody knew him really, we gave him a great platform here. He played for us, he was amazing and we hoped he could stay at least another year before he moved on.

    “He’s taken the possibility to move on, it’s a shame how it ended a little bit, but he’s a good guy and I know other influences have probably taken him away from the club.”

  5. Fair play to Edu and Arteta for the good transfer so far but one signing that I have not understood the essence is Fabio Vieira. We could have got a technical 6 with that money. Most time when a 6 is good, he can always slot in for 8. The last 2 matches have really brought me back to earth and I see trouble ahead. The EPL clubs are very rich and the league very competitive. I believe this year is our best opportunity to make top 4. Our team is young and may likely improve over the years but there is no guarantee that we will be able to keep all the talents together for the next 4 years if we win nothing. Our rivals are richer and they will continue to spend to sustain their grip on the top spots.

  6. Who could have predicted we would have problems with our midfield this season. Unbelievable (for Arteta and Edu apparently).

    So here we are, at the last last last minute, grubbing around for a DM.

    As far as the Luiz move from Villa is concerned, apparently Villa have said NO!!

    So it looks like Xhaka and Lokonga will be the engine room for the near future.

    Depending upon how our results go over the next month……

    You could almost indict Edu and Arteta for criminal negligence by not bringing in a top class DM at the start of this window!!!

    Ho hum, too late to worry now.

    Just fingers crossed we don’t suffer too much!!!

  7. OT: Just watched Leicester lose one nil to Man Utd. Terrible game with zero quality.
    If we cannot beat THAT United shambles this Sunday, I will be amazed.
    Both teams were awful. I can see Leicester going down. Vardy invisible, Barnes useless, Maddison hardly any better.

    1. A very awful game from both teams didn’t enjoy the match one bit leicester were the worst. I see brendan rogers getting sacked and we not beating man utd on sunday has to be some type of badluck

  8. Should not have taken injuries to go after a 6. Somebody didn’t do their job and analyze the squad correctly. Well, let’s hope Partey is back quickly (doubtful). Will also be interested why we have yet again let AMN go and take even more depth out of that position

    1. That is only true if you don’t rate Elneny and do not consider that Lokonga/Zinchenko can play there. We are absolutely fine. Precisely why AMN was let go. Plenty of options.

      Luiz at a good price would of been icing with Elneny out for awhile but it’s not a disaster. Lokonga is available now, Zinchenko will be an option after United (might even make bench for United) and Partey will be back after the next 3. That is ignoring anyone else that could move in there if Lokonga is struggling against United be that White with Tomi at RB or Xhaka with Viera at 8. No panic whatsoever, 2 players for every position overall and multiple players who can play in multiple different positions.

      January window will be open with 18 games left to play in the league and none of the Europa League knockouts played. We have 13 games until then in the league just 11 until the WC itself starts.

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