Wenger rules out David Villa move
Barcelona will not be selling out-of-favour striker David Villa, reports The Daily Mail.
Arsenal had been rumoured to be courting the 31-year-old in the hopes of luring him to North London during the winter transfer window, but manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that the Catalan giants do not wish to sell the striker.
Wenger had confirmed his interest in the Spanish international in December, and it has been thought that he was keen on a move to the former Premier League champions. He has been a fringe player at best during the current campaign, but Wenger said that a deal is unlikely to happen before the window closes on Thursday.
Speaking ahead of the Gunners’ league clash with Liverpool, the Frenchman said: “Barcelona do not want to sell David Villa, they have made that very, very clear. No [there is no room for negotiation].
“What is important is that you bring in people to strengthen your squad or you are strong enough to do nothing. Bringing in anyone is to me what the modern game has become.”
On a positive note for the player, The Daily Mail is also reporting that he became a father for the third time last night, and sent the following message from his official Twitter account:
“Last night Luca Villa Gonzalez was born! Everything went well and the baby and the mother are healthy. Everyone in the family are very happy.”
Back at the Emirates, Thomas Vermaelen is again available for selection after recovering from an ankle injury and could line-up against Liverpool, while Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla could return to the starting XI having been benched during the FA Cup win at Brighton.
Mikel Arteta and Francis Coquelin remain absent, with Gervinho also unavailable due to his participation in the African Cup of Nations.
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