As two former Arsenal players sat on the bench and watched, Barcelona were torn to shreds by Bayern Munich last night. Despite struggling to create anything and Alexis Sanchez wasting the one good chance he had, David Villa also sat on the bench until there were less than 10 minutes to play. The Spanish international striker is surely sick of seeing Pedro and Alexis start in front of him and could be open to a transfer to Arsenal in the summer.
Arsene Wenger was frustrated in his attempts to persuade Barcelona to release the Spanish international striker David Villa in January. The 31-year old was seen as the ideal player to add some venom to the Arsenal attack, but the Spanish club refused to sanction the deal, despite the fact they were hardly playing him and that Villa had told them he wanted to go. The vice-president of Barca has now revealed that they will not block his transfer in the summer, so if Wenger still wants him then he could be a Gunner next season.
Maybe Barcelona thought that Arsenal were just spinning them a line in order to get David Villa to transfer to the Emirates in January, but they will find that Arsene Wenger meant what he said when he told them it was a now or never deal. Even though the Spanish international wanted the move, Barca stubbornly refused to accept Arsenal’s bid, and they will not be getting another.
There are reports in the Spanish media today that Arsenal have raised the stakes in their attempt to sign the Spanish international striker, David Villa, from Barcelona before the deadline on Thursday night. The idea seems to be to get the 31-year old to up the pressure on his bosses at the Nou Camp, but Barcelona have countered by starting Villa and giving him the full 90 minutes against Osasuna yesterday.
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.
Arsenal have spoken to Barcelona and tried to persuade them to sell David Villa this January, and the Spanish international is keen on the move, but the Barcelona president has squashed the transfer and told the media so in no uncertain terms. Sandro Rosell has made his mind up and told the Catalan radio station RAC.
“I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market.
“He is ours and we need him and there is a lot of the season left.”