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AW: 'Barca Don't Want To Sell Villa'

AW: 'Barca Don't Want To Sell Villa'

Arsene Wenger appears to have ruled out the suggestion that Arsenal will sign Barcelona striker David Villa in the January transfer window. Whispers have circulated during the month that the 31 year old Spain frontman had emerged as a target for the Gunners.

Last night, stories emerged that Arsenal had made contact with the Catalans over the prospect of buying Villa. Barca are thought to still owe Arsenal money for the sales of Fabregas and Alex Song, which the Gunners were willing to waver to finance the deal.

However, Wenger today dampened expectation that Villa would be arriving in N5 in this window, 'Barcelona don't want to sell, they've made that clear.'

That seems to suggest Arsenal did indeed make an enquiry, which Wenger then strangely appeared to refute, 'I said they don't want to sell, I didn't say he was a target.'

One has to ask how the club know of Barca's intransigence in the matter if they haven't made a concrete enquiry. But then, given the scattergun nature of the manager's comments during this month, I wouldn't be altogther surprised if he started parroting David Icke's 'Superlizard' theory tomorrow.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Tuesday January 29 2013
Time: 1:56PM


Didn't Rosell go public that Villa was not up for transfer a few weeks back? Conceivably that was what Wenger was referring too. It seemed a strange target for Wenger anyway other than possibly as a loan until the end of the season. I think the scattergun nature of Wenger's answers is an inevitable consequence of reporters scattergun tendency to launch any name that comes into their heads and ask if we're going to sign him.
29/01/2013 14:27:00
Hmm.. did we want to sell Cesc?
29/01/2013 16:00:00
Dont Arsenal have enough strikers already.? i would have thought it was the midfield/defence that needs some strenghtening
29/01/2013 16:04:00
Dunno, this link chronicles all of his comments on transfers this January Pretty schizophrenic.
Little Dutch
29/01/2013 16:05:00
Somebody on Twitter posted a link to an Arsene quote last summer 2 days before the transfer window closed that said "We are definately not in for Mikel Arteta" .... I've given up listening to Arsene in the transfer window, it's completely pointless.
29/01/2013 16:09:00
Wenger has said we will be stronger if we do nothing.
Wyn Mills
29/01/2013 16:09:00
Did he really say that? That's nuts, the only way we could be weaker if we signed someone would be if we resigned Mikel Silvestre.
29/01/2013 16:23:00
If one striker is too many, then yes, we have too many strikers.
29/01/2013 16:33:00
I also feel I'm stronger if I do nothing. My missus however calls me a lazy unambitious negligent workshy dosser. Watching Arsenals' inaction this window makes me come round to seeing her POV a little more. Would we actually do any business even if we wanted to? Are we that incompetent we have sent Dick Law all the way to Barcelona when a quick phone call would've established he'd be wasting Arsenals time and obviously precious money? Why is Wenger making personal calls to clubs? I understand to players but to clubs? Are we really that unconfident of those that make up the squad off the pitch as well as those on? The whole thing just reeks of Wenger taking on board way too much as ever and failing dismally to appoint or have someone appoint a competent team that have experience in getting deals through with the minimum of fuss. It all just seems a horrible horrible mess that as always is so avoidable, but having winged it for so many seasons this could well be the one where luck runs out and it costs the club dearly. I just don't think Arsene can see the wood for the trees any longer.
29/01/2013 16:47:00
Queue the anti-Dein retorts, but there was a time when Wenger had help landing his fish.
Wyn Mills
29/01/2013 16:55:00
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