Could Man City beat Arsenal to David Villa?

We all know that transfer windows, especially in January, are an elegant and prolonged form of torture for Arsenal fans. The agony of waiting, not knowing and seeing players you thought might be heading to the Emirates joining other teams like Newcastle, QPR or that other team in North London. The transfer rumour that is occupying us at the minute is the potential signing of David Villa from Barcelona.

This has become elaborate and the outlook changes day by day. We are not even sure if there is any room to negotiate with the Spanish club, but there are enough stories about the player actually trying to force the move that it keeps our hopes up. Now, however, we have another thing to worry about. If Villa is available, Arsenal may now have to fight off the challenge of Man City to secure the striker’s signature.

City have sold Balotelli to AC Milan, leaving Mancini with just Tevez, Aguero and Dzeko to choose from (poor old Roberto), and the Mirror reports that they are willing to offer Barcelona £15 million for Villa as they push for the Premier league title. Sources from the club have played down any interest in the Spaniard, but then so have Arsenal.

The Daily Mail have reported today that Ivan Gazidis has had a meeting with Wenger about the need to get something done before the transfer window closes tomorrow night. The paper states that Arsenal are planning a final day bid to sign Villa, and the success of this bid could all hinge on what happens in Madrid tonight. Barcelona play Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Spanish cup, and it is the last chance for the club to show Villa he is not a bit part player.

If the 31-year old does manage to force a move, he may now have to choose between Arsenal and Man City.

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82 thoughts on “Could Man City beat Arsenal to David Villa?

  1. BG Gunner

    the essence of someone defeating someone else requires some form of competition between the 2 parties in first place.
    i see no competition whatsoever from arsenal’s side which makes the point of this article ultimately invalid.

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  2. richie

    wont happen, – if he leaves he is Man City bound arsenal will never pay the David Villa Wages

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  3. Yash

    Barca dont have ANY other striker other than Villa. Why will they sell him ? I think Arsen is showing us false hopes. The player who is impossible to sign anyway, he will say on 1st February, he tried to bring that TOP TOP player but unfortunately dint worked out. Thus he and board can escape by portraying us they tried what was best for the club. One more lie.

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  4. LoCkAy

    If Man City is in the coup, we are definitely out…

    Where would you go? The champion or some middle table club?

    Well the decision and choice is easy for any top player… And if he is not convince, he could look at the wage structure… We pay peanuts, that is why we have so many “monkeys” around the squad…!!

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  5. Raymundo

    I don’t think we will go as far as 15m for villa.
    But i think villa would choose for us. We play the type of football that suits him perfectly besides i think we can offer him more playing time than city. Which is the reason he wants to leave barca in the first place..

    Lets kick some ass tonight! 3-1

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  6. kzm

    and so are the days of our lives as arsenal supporters,disapointment after another :(

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  7. LoCkAy

    I don’t even know why we are talking about all that…

    Wenger clearly said that he will not recruit.

    “We have 2 players for every positions” ( so has QPR and Reading ).

    I just want him to go AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BECAUSE WE WON’T MOVE FORWARD WITH HIM IN CHARGE… THAT’S A FACT.

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  8. light

    Barcalona when they wanted fabregas

    -made him put on a shirt
    -Barca DNA (according to some barca players lol)
    -instigated by the other team players

    Countless times we told them to go away and yet they pursued on the other hand

    Arsenal when they wanted David Villa

    -They made it clear that they dont wanna sell

    wonder how sandro would feel if we put a arsenal shirt on villa

    Also this is old news the people n BBC sport had a talk with spanish expert they said the only place his going is at the copa del rey game v madrid i believe.

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  9. mutihaha

    Wenger’s a glutton for punishment. could just sign two or 3 players to make all our lives easier but no, he loves living on the edge! just aging himself for nuthin.

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  10. TrueGunner82

    Im still hopeful of villa joining us. Wenger ad the board even admitted to the fans that we have £30-£40 million in the kitty, but now wenger is n about waiting til summer and have a “spending splurge”. Well to be honest id rather have all of the summer targets now s that they are ready for next season. Is it just me or do we always focus on the following season once we’re half way through one season??

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  11. globalsafeaus

    He would live as he wants to play regularly so he can be in the Spanish national team. He would be the main striker at Arsenal but not the same at MC.

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  12. Jim A

    @loCkAy because he would be playing in a majestic stadium, in the worlds best city. I do agree though to challenge Arsenal must be able to compete with the wage structure. Not top, but to be able to compete.

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  13. Henry

    I can’t see him going to Man City. The very reason he wants to leave Barcelona is to get regular football which he will do at The Arsenal and won’t do at Man City. Well I hope im right! fingers crossed!

    Either way though i will be pleasantly surprised if we do sign anybody after listening to what Arsene had to say this week. I’m hoping its all a smokescreen though!

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  14. alerg

    I don’t think Villa would join City. Firstly, I think the City rumours are just bullshit. Secondly, if he wants game time, why move to City, where he’d have to compete with Aguero, Tevez and Dzeko, when he could play at Arsenal w/ Walcott and Giroud or as an alternative to Poldi. He also said he’s a fan of Arsenal’s style and there’s the stability, which City lack.

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  15. Ajinkya

    Those are just rumors,Mancini is stepping up the fitness program of John Guidetti,the Swedish youngster who is an amazing striker!!Hence they won’t go for Villa!!

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  16. realistic

    relax wenger has already dropped the biggest hint “most transfer dealings are done in the last 48 hours” and lets face it we all know that.

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  17. khalifaGooner

    Is he better than Santos? No wait EVERYONE is better than Santos.

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  18. Carl

    They are not interested in singing Villa to City

    www1. skysports.com/football/news/11661/8455357/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Good for us :)

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  19. Sir H

    Funny how he goes on about buying top top fuckin top players, he was the one that bought the likes of Chamakh, Silvestre, cygan and countless more. What I find very alarming is that other clubs above us (united, spurs, Everton Etc) are replenishing their squad but not Arsenal. Why? Because he wants TOP TOP players.
    Such bullshit.

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  20. Stefanthegooner

    am i the only one who doesnt want villa? he is 31 I dont think its worth it. I would rather prefer a signing like Jovetic who has years to commit to the club and develop even better also Wanyama and Capoue would be a dream, we really are lacking that steel. We need a big physical presence in our midfield to be that anchor, I think jovetic and either one of those two CDM’s would make us serious title contenders for next season!!!

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  21. ablindman785

    If they sell him to city they are a bunch of c%#ts! and if they ever come knocking for any more of our players they can go fcuk themselves.

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  22. NickTheYank

    We don’t “compete” with anyone for signings. Arsene plays his cards very close to his chest and doesn’t get into a bidding war with anyone. We’ll make an offer on the 31st and if its not accepted maybe increase the offer 2 million. If there’s any interest from Man Citeh Arsene will walk and the “we made an offer but in the end it is up to the player” talk will begin.

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  23. Gunner for life

    Wenger please leave, you brought the club up and we are grateful for that but you are now bringing it down

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  24. Big Kahuna Burger

    If anyone can remember on January 2nd I said “Wenger won’t sign anyone this month”. Looks like I was right -_-

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  25. kron

    Why did you write this article when both managers have ruled out tht transfer

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  26. El Blaze

    If Mancity is going for Villa as well, then be sure Wenger will back down!

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  27. Mike

    They can have him,we desperately need a DM and a quality CB,strikers we can leave til summer before deciding on.

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  28. mighty

    Wenger don’t give a sh**t about arsenal fans beliiiiieve me the only think he care’s about is to make the board richer and richer simple.

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  29. mighty

    @ mike
    Well said mate no matter how far we are from the top we still scoring goals that the main think Dm and cb will do for now.

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  30. Gunnerineverylife

    Wenger says he wont be buying to please the fans and he will be buying ONLY WHEN RIGHT PLAYERS ARE AVAILABLE.He should f**k off,why should we respect him if he does not respect us?

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  31. young_gunnerz

    I would not pay 15 mil pounds for David Villa. He is at the age where he might not perform at the highest level. He has been having issues with injuries over the last couple of seasons as well. Would rather get Jovetic for 25 mil pounds knowing that he is in his prime, not injury prone, and has many more miles on him.

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  32. young_gunnerz

    Diame would be a brilliant buy. Cheap, strong, skillful, has a nice shot on him, wouldn’t need to pay much in terms of wages. I would rather see Diame in than Villa.

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  33. Gigi

    I think Villa would like to join us, but hes got to think of his paycheck at his age.
    Also, Barza decides, and if they have a better check from City..what are you going to do

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  34. imran

    WOW! we are so sad as a club we are begging to sign a 31 yr old striker….we in a mess….

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  35. Superkurt

    Villa is 31 but he is a game changer and we don’t have one at the minute and Diame certainly won’t do it, I agree £15 mill is to much but I’d pay £12 mill we’d make it back in shirt sales alone and I guarantee u he would do a job for us instantly

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  36. PetePaff

    @ablindman785 The fact that they don’t want to sell him to us in the first place already makes them this very fruitful word you’re using.

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  37. AmericanGooner

    How many times am I going to have to say this.

    The only reason Villa is considering leaving Barca is for playing time. He is not getting playing time at City more than than he already has. I rather city on the Barca bench than the City bench. IF he leaves Barca, it is for us.

    Stop believing the Mirror! SSN said City not interested. I thought they were the gold standard over there?

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  38. BruceTongaBull

    would any1 club in this universe stand up and say here we we are, we have such and such world class players. Pliz come and buy cos they are going on a cheap. Mr Wenger pliz wake up this is 2013.

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  39. Graham

    @ mutihaha

    so the objective of signing players is to make fans happy, not to sign players that will improve the team. Silly Wenger…someone should tell him before he makes the mistake of signing players players just to make fans happy.

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  40. Mike

    Man Utd poised to make £8M bid for Wanyama,is it me or is Wenger a feckin muppet!!

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  41. a7c4v

    why would Villa leave Barcelone to get first team football and end up sitting on the bench for City? Balotelli was not a regular 1st team player, not sure City are after a replacement for him

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  42. emma

    if there is anything to say, then wenger should know that the competition of this days is not determined by whether one has learnt a policy that at one time worked but that one has to continue learning, relearn and sometimes unlearn what one learnt before. wenger must stop being hard and big headed

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  43. true goon

    this window clearly shows that Kreonke is not serious about trophies he just wants to balance the books with ivan and hope that FFP is the 8 year chritmas present he’s been waiting for.If FFP doesn’t work then what will his strategy be?Hopefully a swift exit,but the fate of Wenger will still be ambigious,clearly close to or passed his sell by date,but he still has alot of collective knowledge from all his years,this knowledge must be passed on b4 he leaves.That will be the real transition for the club.

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  44. Joel

    Maybe Villa wants to raise his child in London…

    What would you choose? London or Barca to raise a kid?

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  45. Aussie gooner

    I think we have a high chance to get him, remember the santi thing (I do not know the player) then boom he has signed wenger never says who he is going for because he is a scout for every other club in the league, if its true that villa asked barca to leave them I would think we are front runners to get him. We might to be as good as barca but we play the same (well try to lol) and it would be a lot easier for him to settle.

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  46. Aussie gooner

    I think we have a high chance to get him, remember the santi thing (I do not know the player) then boom he has signed wenger never says who he is going for because he is a scout for every other club in the league, if its true that villa asked barca to leave then I would think we are front runners to get him. We might not be as good as barca but we play the same (well try to lol) and it would be a lot easier for him to settle.

    Few typos in the first

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  47. irsh

    No other manager anounced tht they will be busy in january, no other club said that they have enough budget to spend on anyone, no manager said ” the banker lives next door” yet every team had their prize exept the team announced those shit….. i dont give a damn whether he sign smeone or not… but plz stop trolling fans…. we knw its difficult to get exceptional players in january yet they gave us hope and let us down…/… the rumours begined in nov starting with huntelaar but stil not a single penny is spend… instead the club loaned sme players and made their profit.. Thank god they didnt sell any of our quality players, but i still cant understnd y we didnt sell our deadwoods instead of loaning them…… yet another transfer window comes to an end with the same climax…. WENGER TROLLED FANS, CLUB MADE THEIR PROFIT(this time by not selling anyone but loaning)… Gooners let us pray that tranfer window should never open again for atleat 3 yrs, coz we will loose oyr quality players without any replacement while our rivals sign big names…… So much disappointed… But its nothing in front of a gooner cuz its not the first time!!! ;)

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  48. Lazaro

    so wtf happened to that 30 million bid arsenal supposedly made? this is wack we lost RVP and Song, added Cazorla and Giroud which means we took a loss, and we still arent making efforts to make the team stronger. we finished 3rd last year and have done nothing that resembles an attempt to move for the 1st or 2nd spot. 4th place is like a trophy? we need a new coach its a new day…sports is about winning now not 10 years down the road…this sucks. I still think we can finish top 4 without any signings but THAT IS NOT A TROPHHY!!!

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  49. bob

    When I broke the story before the paper I got thumbs down…don’t kill the messenger next time

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  50. PetePaff

    And yet another rumor comes up, apparently Wenger made a bid for Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld

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  51. HARP3R

    All i can say is bring in Usmanov and all our problems will be solved! i would snap up wanyama and hummels to complete our defence then a world class striker in the summer! then i would feel so much comfortable going into games agaisnt city united and chelsea!

    us arsenal fans arnt asking for a 100million to be spent on un-nessessary bench warmers but a few key players that would make a big difference.

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  52. GunnerG

    “an elegant and prolong form of torture” lol. Couldn’t have said it better.

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  53. craig2500

    Sign Beckham, he can just sit in front of the back 4 (give him a chair if he needs it) then wait for him to fire of cross pitch balls to Walcott,Ox and Cazorla and double our goals from corners tally via Giroud and Verms. done

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  54. apc

    Toby Alderweireld very good player. we could of had him vertoghen with vermalan :(

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  55. Briano

    @Craig2500….Beckham???Are you serious???Beckham is a has been!!Hes not even a has been because he has always been overrated because hes english!!!We need a DM and a striker!!F**k Beckham!!!

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  56. CHARLIE GEORGE

    Hang on a second…we are in this position because wenger sells our best players and does not replace them. Yes it’s hard to find the right players in January but what about last summer when he sold song and RVP?

    No doubt Gazidis will tell us again this summer that we have the same 70m that was promised in January and again we will buy cheap…forget villa.,.its all one bug smokescreen to make the board and Kronke a fortune while wenger takes home 7.5m thank you very much…

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  57. Daniel bromley

    Same shit different transfer window as far as arsenal are concerned. Wenger does this everytime were linked with a host of players they all either sign for other clubs or wenger offers pennies or nothing for them so we lose out either way. If we were interested in villa why haven’t we officially made a bid for him yet? Why just villa, we all know cavanni, Adrian, jovetic evn remy would give us more options to what we already have! We need a Dm, and Diame has a 3-5m clause in his contract and I’m sure he would leave west ham in a heart beat why not sign him? Capoune? Mvilla? Fellaini there’s endless options and we still do nothing. Another frustrating transfer windows as a arsenal supporter. I don’t know How many more lies from wenger and the board I can take. Just get the cheque book out sign villa 15m Diame 3-5m and a quality cb Danny Williams what for say 7m them get to summer and completely revamp the club get usmanov in sign a few players to replace the “deadwood” in shaw, butland, hummels, strootman and cavani out santos, fabianski, Johan, chammack and arshavin. And we arsenal can move on and win something and become great again I mean a genuine big club again! Challenging for honours! I’magine a team like this

    Schezney

    Baines
    Vermaelen
    Hummels
    Sagna “if he refinds his love for afc”

    Wayama/strootman

    Cazorla
    Wilshere

    Podolski
    Cavanni
    Walcott

    Subs

    Giroud
    Jovetic
    Ox
    Ramsey
    Diaby
    Kossie
    Butland

    Reserves
    Miyachi
    Frimpong
    Eisfield
    Mertasacker
    Miguel

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  58. jermaine

    wanyamma isnt that good he is better than frimpong but not much better than coqulan. i would love to to get sven bender this guy is qualityy and can play dm/cm/rb so would be a ready made replacement for sagna iff he were to leave summer as jenko could do with a loan…. as for villa he is verymuch a hernandez typ but better he would be our weapon comming off the bench as his stamina isnt that good and prem is more intense. his reactions are second to none,great att positioning good dribbling and ball control,world class finisher and can score from any angles, his passing game would enhance us aswell and he plays all three of the forward positions he would complete our strike force. the only thing is im not sure if he is fit enough to play 90min prem ball week in week out in the left or right forward positions, which u would expect for a 13m plus player so i can understand if we wont offer a certain amount.

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  59. Eosaz

    Why the article at all. The interest was established as soon as da windows was open. In between other clubs have bought the players they wanted because they actually wanted to spend the money and buy. Just yesterday I read on twitter that Arsenal have now made contact. In what, 2-3 days before window shut? Even if Barcelona would have sold with a view to replace him in same window, they wouldn’t now as no room to buy a replacement. Same goes for Diame.
    So in case we are still slow in working out how our club works, we never intended to sign anyone. Wait till 2-3 days left when clubs will not want to loose players and leave a hole on the side till next window and they start talking about wanting to sign players. I remember the same Wenger said at the open of the window we need at least 2 players to complete the team and now suddenly he’s telling us we have a big squad and don’t need anyone. God help us

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  60. Richard

    We’re so slow we couldn’t catch a cold, especially as our negociator is another “Stan”man who was involved in the Van Persie/Fabrigas/Nasri/Walcott/Sagnya farces. Don’t be silly its not profitable to buy top top players, in fact its not profitable to buy anyone.

    Like WW1 and WW2 the Yanks are late again.

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  61. Dave

    So much negativity on this page. Maybe instead of moaning, support your team?

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  62. Mode

    ” In Arsene we trust ” ….. I hope i can say that after the transfer window closes

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  63. davo

    Arsene wont buy anyone!!! he has lost the plot, and still believes our squad is strong and good enough for top 4!! I say he is off his rocker!!

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