Saturday, 5 January 2013

David Villa to ask for Arsenal move -Wenger's anger -Holtby escapes!

Morning Gooners.

No football today for us but it's not long until we get our fix with just over 24 hours until we face Swansea in the FA Cup.

However all the talk is not about the game tomorrow, but the possible move for Barcelona's David Villa.

The Daily Mail and Daily Mirror are running the story. They both believe the 31-year-old Spaniard could be on his way to north London this month.

It's believe the club are creating room in their budget for the World Cup winner by moving on Marouane Chamamk - who joined West Ham United on loan until the end of the season tomorrow - with Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci also set to leave this month.

Barcelona aren't keen on a loan move and would rather sell the player. A fee of £16m would tempt the Spaniah giants into selling.

Signing a striker of Villa's pedigree would be very exciting. So far this season his chances have been limited to 17 appearances in all competitions in Spain, 10 of which have come from the substitutes' bench. He's scored five goals and notched one assist to his name. However since the start of November he's hit a goal drought.

Would signing a 31-year-old with well documented injury problems be the answer for Arsenal?

It does seem like an unusual move for the manager. He's not been adverse to signing players over 30 in recent times, but I'm not sure £16m represents good value for money.

However would I buy Villa if he was available. Yes, I'd snap your hand off. We need more proven goalscoring experience in our team. Villa has been played mostly on the left at Barca, so he could provide us with another option there.

The papers believe Villa will make a personal request to Barca’s hierarchy to accelerate a move to the Premier League. So there is every chance he could be an Arsenal player by the end of the window.

It does seem though it might be a transfer rumour which is trying to placate fans. And again, we're not going out and buying the player we need straight away. We're trying to ship out those the manager has deemed to be surplus to requirements.

If Villa is the man Wenger wants, why doesn't the club go out and get him now? We'd have a better squad with him in it for the Manchester City and Chelsea. I know we've got to think long term, but when we're looking at the short term - making sure we finish in the top four - having Villa for those games could be the difference from winning or drawing.

And the manager has been speaking about the game this weekend.

He said:
"I think it is an important moment of the season for us, to strengthen the confidence of the team.
"We feel we are on a good run but how far can we go? To win in the FA Cup will strengthen us.
"It bothers me [not to win trophies], of course it bothers me because I’m not here to watch other people win trophies.
"For us it’s important to show continuity and consistency and the FA Cup is part of that. To get people to believe more in the team it’s important that we win on Sunday."
Arsene Wenger has always been a winner in my eyes and I believe he feels as frustrated as we all do that we've not won a trophy for the past seven seasons.

There is no doubt that winning this weekend's game is a tough ask. But of these players turn up with a determination to win the game and play like they want a victory, then we can come away with a result.

Elsewhere, we've missed out on the opportunity to sign Lewis Holtby from Schalke on a free transfer in the summer. Out north London rivals have signed him on a pre-contract agreement report The Guardian.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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