Wenger: Barca will not sell David Villa


Arsene Wenger has once again denied that Arsenal could sign David Villa from Barcelona making clear that the Catalan giants don’t want to sell and refusing to confirm whether the player was a target in the first place.

Obviously bored of being asked the same questions about the same player for the third press conference in ten days the boss went out of his way to kill the rumour stone dead.

Asked whether the Spanish striker might moved to the Emirates before the end of the January transfer window, Wenger responded:

“Barcelona doesn’t want to sell David Villa – they have made that very clear.”

Pressed further on the matter, Wenger responded with a curt, “No” when questioned about whether there was any room for manoeuvre in negotiations with Sandro Rosell and his Nou Camp chronies.

Clarifying the state of affairs, while no doubt wanting to tear his hair out, he drew a line under the matter: “I said they don’t want to sell and I didn’t say he was target.”

Arseblog News recognises that when Arsene Wenger denies a transfer rumour it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no truth in it. We also understand that when the boss publicly declares a fondness for the quality of a player under contract elsewhere it doesn’t represent confirmation that he’s trying to buy said individual.

For headline writers it’s the stuff of dreams.  When a denial doesn’t nip speculation in the bud they effectively have carte blanche to repeat said speculation ad infinitum (Yeah, three languages in one sentence…it’s how we roll).

For us poor sod fans who have little better to do but cling to some faint hope that we might sign the kind of super-tip-top-quality-player that Arsene so often pays lip service it’s a vicious circle of excitement followed by angry disappointment.

The problem is, when Arsene really does go out of his way to kill a link with a player. You know, like really, really, really goes out of his way to say something is not going to happen – like he has today – well, then it’s your own fault if you choose to keep hoping for it anyway…


Quotes from today’s presser from James Olley and John Cross.


    • Fucking barca throw us a bone you greedy cunts
      What a one way relationship we have with them lol
      Must admit I checked goal just before coming here and heart skipped a beat when I saw villas picture and the word EXCLUSIVE. Then I read the title haha

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      • Barcelona are being the biggest ***** in the world right now..

        Over the years we have sold them great players at great prices: Henry, Fabregas, Song, Hleb, Petit and Overmars have all been transfered from our club to theirs, while they are not all successes at Barca, we still have given them the ability to sign from us at many occasions..

        Also, when Barcelona played the Champions League Final we let them use London Conley to train on so they had top facilities while in London..

        We have on many occasions spoken about the friendship between the clubs, yet when we try to sign their backup striker who is a good player, but has limited playing time due to playing behind the best player in the world.. We are denied, they won’t sell..

        Im fairly certain they could easily sign a capable backup, even if its on short time.. Many strikers in Spain would love to join Barca.. Negredo, Adrian, Llorente, Soldado and many other players in the world would love to come play for them, yet.. denied.. i can’t believe it and i think we should take a hard look at our so called friendship, but we will proberly just bend over and take it from behind as we usually do with Barca.

        I hate that club.

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      • Maybe 5 or 6 years ago.

        But now, Villa at 31 is older than Thierry Henry was when we sold him. And TH was a better player. In a position where pace is of the utmost importance, Villa is decidedly too old. Barca don’t play him any more.

        We do not need to buy a 31 year old striker.

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      • @Dave Gooner:

        Check Di Natale, Ibra and other old as fuck beasts

        Anyway, Henry left too early, so I don’t really see your point.

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      • They dont sell players to strengthen rivals… Cant really blame them for that. Wish we had a similar stance.
        Still hate them though

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  1. also…’Barcelona don’t want to sell David Villa’, so fucking what? did we want to sell Fabregas to them? Tap him up, tap him up, tap him up…

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    • So true, but let’s not start being Cuntalona. If Arsene says a signing is out of the question, then definitely it is .. oh

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    • I wish we had this attitude with them. I fucking hate Barca, with their ‘more than a club’ bullshit. Yes they are they are cheating, narcissistic, petulant little cunts who want everything there own way, want the red carpet laid out for them but treat everyone else with utter contempt. Fuck them, fuck them in the ass

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    • I hope Wilshire, Vermalean, Theo, and the likes start talking about the Arsenal DNA in Messi and Villa, just to wind up Barca. They’ll be like, “this is how it felt suckers”!

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      • No need for DNA, we can just use one of the other headlines. I can picture it now…
        Wilshere: “Villa is perfect for Arsenal”
        Cazorla: “Villa is an incredible player”
        Arshavin: “Join Arsenal Villa, or I’ll set the russian mafia on you”

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    • Relax? more like accept our position! This season we will struggle to finish top 6 for sure unless Wenger boosts the fans and everyone around him with a marque signing. He will never learn I’m afraid.

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      • Fair enough, but as much as I want the transfer drivel to end I doubt the rest of this season is going to be relaxing. Even when we managed the impossible last season (3rd, really? I still can’t believe it!) it was an exhausting race and the frustration nearly spilled over several times, especially against Norwich at home when we looked like we had blown it. This season will be no different and every time there is a poor result our inactivity in this window will be used as a weapon by the press and disgruntled fans to beat the club and the manager…

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  2. You know what would be wonderful? If Arsene signed a top top player for us out of nowhere. The constant back and forth and speculation about possible signings kill off any excitement so hard that once we actually DO sign somebody, I’m too emotionally drained to muster much of a reaction. I’m too much of a transfer news junkie I guess…

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  3. To be fair, David Villa’s wife JUST gave birth, so if anything, that should be the reason why we won’t sign him this window.

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  4. At this point, it seems only logical that he’s lying. Either that or his riddles have driven me mad. I just can’t imagine us not spending a single penny this window. With one of the largest challenges in Arsenes history beginning in two days. It feels like entering bowser’s castle without any mushrooms 🙁

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    • Exactly, when what we really need is star quality. You wouldn’t have thought it would be a problem with all the coins we have.

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  5. (a) Barca owes us money. Lots of it.
    (b) What’s wrong with Cazorla and Arteta nipping over to Barcelona and shoving an Arsenal shirt over Villa’s head. Just a jolly jape.

    And it’s not like David Villa has any Barca DNA, is it. He’s from Asturias.

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      • Ha, exactly. Send over Miquel and Toral.

        Or fuck it, let’s just get players from other clubs to do it. Maybe Reina will switch sides now, seeing as Barca never brought him back “home”.

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  6. I love Wenger he is a very smart man, threw us a bone and let us make up our minds about the bone, lets be honest arsenal never went in for him, if he could sell a striker at 29 and one of the best in the world why in the world would he buy a 31 year old, he only repeated what bacra said and that is villa is and will not be for sale, the points are not too far off from our desired 4th place cup (it’s a shame used to remember when we aim for 1st) so I feel Wenger thinks he can still get that 4th position with our current players (I hope so too) but that aside we arsenal fans should not expect much if the board and the manager who run the club knows the best we can do is 4th it would be wise for us to taloir our dreams along with theirs

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  7. On saturday he said he maybe he would add a striker cos we are short number wise and today he is saying no space for a striker in the squad.pathetic

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    • Wenger did say we were short, but only because Gervinho is playing in the ACoN. He’ll be back in a few weeks and voila LAN… I can’t even bring myself to finish that acronym!

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    • When will people realise that Wenger’s a pedant and anytime you think you’ve found a contradiction in what he says, you’re probably wrong and misinterpreted what he says?

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  8. Looks like Luciano Becchio (Argentine striker at Leeds United) is leaving. I wouldn’t mind Becchio coming to The Arsenal (75 goals in 3.5yrs at Leeds). He’s two years younger than Villa and should be a lot cheaper.

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    • 3.5 years of playing in the Championship and lower though. I’m good with Giroud and Walcott to be honest. They’re starting to find some bloody good form and hopefully can ride it out for a bit. I wouldn’t mind if we signed a proper CDM for back up but dreams will probably remain dreams.

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  9. Time to send the players out and talk of How a wonderful player Villa is and that he would fit in Arseal perfectly. They need to taste their own medecine fucking greedy cunts.

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  10. I’m starting to feel embarrassed about this sort of thing. As a fan of this club, if we do not buy anyone this January, absolutely everyone will be having a right giggle at how out of touch Wenger is with the quality of the squad. Everyone knows we need reinforcements, we needed them before the start of the season, we all erupted last dead line day when it didn’t happen. Where we sit in the table proves that we were all right too.

    Its as if Wenger almost loved doing the impossible last season so much after our shaky start, that he’s purposely ignoring the signs we need strengthening just so he can tell everyone “I told you so”

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  11. What worries me is AW said to John Cross of the mirror this morning in his press conference, we have have enough strikers! If Giroud or Theo get injured surely were are buggered?

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    • Podlski too, which makes it three of them who can play in that position, which is okay for squad depth; the only issue being they all start in our best 11. Not sure how much of an issue that is but with one or two of them of them out we’re shunting AMs out wide which sometimes works but I’d be worried about a lack of width if anything happens to our first choice full-backs.

      On the other hand, Spurs only have Defoe/Adebayor/Dempsey, with one being lazy and the other not playing too much. Liverpool have Suarez/Borini/Sturridge, with one being lazy and the other not playing too much.

      From this I can conclude, we need a lazy striker.

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    • I understand the fear when we people say, “we’re buggered if we lose so and so”, but to get some perspective, most teams have two people for each position anyway, including the Mancs.

      So we’re in a similar situation, really.

      Also, Giroud’s a bit of a physical beast and is relatively less injury prone that players we usually have, but I might’ve jinxed it now.

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  12. Barca not selling Villa? Wenger and the board would never have put their hands in their pockets to buy him anyway. They seem to think it’s coming out of their own wages. Oh hang on, wait a minute, they are trying to keep all the club’s profits for themselves anyway, so I suppose in a roundabout sorta way, they feel it is coming out of their pockets.

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  13. They only want to sell us messi then? Considering the huge player sales favours we’ve done for them. Villa and wanyama on deadline day I would so welcome.

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  14. Pete, the truth is we are fucked if giroud gets injured as theo is not a central striker and never will be.
    Arsene will quote that he is of course but arsene says a lot of things that just don’t make sense.

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    • Well he would obviously play Poldi there. Oxlade, Wilshere, Cazorla, Rosicky are first teamers that can play across the front three and Wenger has already shown that he is willing to bring Gnabry in who, so I’ve read, can play in the line of three too. I’m not even sure if that isn’t an undesireable scenario – not having those two injured but having creative little sparkers who have something to add in the link up.

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  15. You mean Wenger HOPES Barca don’t put Villa on the market.
    If they were to – he’d be fresh out of excuses to avoid buying him. The Fuckwit.

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  16. Fuck Barcelona and fucking Arsene. I stop listening to Wenger as he has no fucking credibility whenever he speaks. He such a fuckin lying flip flop ten mouthed

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    • Who are the ass who thumb this guy down, was it hard to sell song, RVP or nasir some of you act like we talking about another arsenal football club, it’s one thing to be support and another to just be blind to the truth

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    • Cazorla was an easy buy.

      Taken on a case-by-case basis, it all depends on bargaining power. Malaga had none at the time, Barcelona always do.

      There’s no generalisation to be made about how “easy” and “hard” it is to buy or sell.

      So calm down and turn off Football Manager.

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  17. Could be a diversion tactic? Nothing happening with Vila but refuses to entirely rule it out, or at least fails to deny an interest, the press cling onto it and go mental and in the background we concentrate on the real signings. Like Beckham!

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  18. I really wish the press would start questioning AW on all his contradictions. When he said we have enough numbers, quality strikers why does no one say hang on a minute, on Saturday you said we’re short on numbers.? I actually think he can’t remember what he’s said. Get rid ASAP before he drags us down any further.

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    • Never though of it that way, especially when Arsene is happy to bring up their inconsistencies and hypocrisies. Don’t think I like the idea of the media getting more bolshy and even pettier though, they’re bad enough as it is.

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    • He would merely respond with more contradictory observations in the vain hope that some if not all will eventually understand that he will not discuss transfer targets. There is even a history of denial of interest in players that are subsequently signed.

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    • As I said above, Wenger’s a bloody pedant, so if you read full texts of his press conferences, you’ll find that he rarely, if ever, contradict himself.

      He said that we could do with another attacker, but never said that it was necessary.

      You’d have to be an anorak to actually bring up entire quotes (with the context of his full reply) that show he contradicts himself, cos he’s one sly bastard.

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    • That’s the problem.. Our media has so much of freedom but not enough courage… Why can’t ask something like this?

      Arsene you are 6th at the moment and aspiring to be 4th.. What happened to the arsenal that always wanted to be champions.. Where is the ambition gone?

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  19. their probably still pissed after realizing we took them to the cleaners with song!!!
    as you sow, sow shall you reap mthrfkrs!

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  20. Villa is 31, Barca would want £12-15m, and he would be paid around £15m over 3 years?

    so around £30m in total.

    Yeah sounds very Arsenal that…

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    • So signing Arshavin for £15m then leaving him on the bench after his first year instead of offloading him, allowing him to collect £12.5m for his three appearances a season doesn’t sound ‘very Arsenal’ either huh?

      Have you even heard of Chamakh/Denilson/Squillaci/Reina etc etc etc? You make it sound like we never mess with unnecessary expenditure on salaries!

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  21. Interesting that whenever those Catalan twats come sniffing around our players, us not wanting to sell makes no difference at all as the player soon agitates for a move or we just cave.


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  22. I’m not sure Villa would be the answer.. but potential signings aside, I wonder if Arsene realises how many fans he alienates per press conference with his constant contradictions?

    And if one more ex-player/manager/other football figure comes out and says “Arsenal fans should be careful what they wish for!” I’m going to break something. What we’d WISH for is Arsene to prosper and win things at Arsenal.. But any manager with money to spend and an under-strength squad shouldn’t be unaccountable and get prickly when they’re faced with difficult questions.

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  23. The real problem is that we all know that Barca need David Villa. They’re short on numbers as well. Sanchez isn’t that reliable and they don’t have cover for the CF position if Messi gets injured. I wish they still had Ibra.. Would’ve paved the move to Arsenal

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  24. I know I would get plenty of thumbs down but at this stage I don’t care anymore, The board is not the only one killing our club, plenty of the fans here are doing a great job of it as well, they give us shit and we gladly take it and don’t complain, some of us just don’t want to face the truth, it’s painful yes we all know we all feel it but the earlier you open your eyes the better I said it JAN 1st that Wenger won’t buy I was thumbed down, how many of you would go to a pose restaurant and pay top money for a meal only for them to give you crap how many of you will take such crap, why are you taking it at arsenal, we have the most expensive to tickets in the league and that is without a sugar daddy and yet week in week out they treat us to crapping football with no sign of improvement and we are hoping one day the other teams will sack all their players and sign shit players so we can win fuck all, pls pls pls spare me

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    • I completely predicted no transfers as well and I’m fine with that.

      Too many fans around thinking that “I know best” and then going hysterical with it.

      Been that way in the past, will be that way for a long time to come.

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  25. Quim Domenech, who is considered an extremely reliable journalist when it comes to Barcelona news, tells Spanish TV Show Punto Pelota that Arsenal will make a bid for David Villa. “In the coming days Arsenal will bid around 15 to 18 million euros for David Villa.” “If not now, Arsenal will try again in June. Arsene Wenger’s team is the one that most appeals to Villa”. “Barcelona don’t want to sell David – but he wants to join Arsenal and Arsenal are obsessed with him so we’ll see what happens”.

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  26. That new lad , Fer, that Everton have signed looks good. That’s the kind of player that I would like us to get. I’m not naive enough to think we will though.

    Does anyone else wonder whether they have lined Fer up as a replacement for Fellaini?

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    • Does he look good because he’s good in Football Manager or is he actually good?
      I assume it’s first and formost the former what with Moyes “scouting network” of one computer game.

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      • Football Manager is a computer game I think? Not my kind of thing really. I don’t mind a bit of Pro Evo though….

        Up the ‘North London’! Well better than ‘North East London’

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      • The youtube synopsis makes him look like the second coming of Vieira but we all know how misrepresentative such things are. Still, he’s young and has a bunch of caps for Holland- the price quoted in the media was £9.5m so could prove a bargain, let’s wait and see.

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      • I think we already know about Viera’s tackle.
        ISTR one Emmanuel Petit (formerly of this parish) being asked about that very subject while a panellist on “They think it’s all over”. His response was something like; “It’s true, you should see it! It’s like a baby’s arm!”.

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  27. in each instance our players have obviously at some point said to wenger ‘i want to go’. We would need Villa to force a move and announce his intent to leave, then negotiations begin. Not sure if that is realistic based on the birth of his child, but then again there were noises that he was open to a move, and his wife didn’t just become magically pregnant yesterday morning. So i am shifting once again from ‘definitely not happening’ to ‘i haven’t a fucking clue what will happen’. Which is the arsenal equivalent of hope.

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  28. Look here guys, we all know how the Jan transfer window goes each time. Last winter it was the same and we ended up just buying Eisfeld. Even last time we had a dying need for adding another striker, because it was just RVP.
    I think the reason the need is more pressing this time is, we are in 6th place now and I know it is going to be very tough to finish top four.
    Some time back the board had said that they are prepared for not playing the UCL. The downside is, if we don’t finish there, we can forget about the UCL qualification funds, which might the reason why we are saving for a rainy day, so that we could manage our resources very well next year.. Also, we have already tied up the British core!
    Even I would like to see at least 2 players come in, but I doubt whether it will happen.

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  29. Everybody is signing somebody including shit players. Wenger please sign Titus Bramble. Our defence need his experience. U could add Sylvestre while doing that. Wake me up……

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  30. Valencia are broke. Soldado would be a fantastic signing for someone. I say “someone” because it won’t be us.
    Wenger won’t sign anyone until the summer. Then who will depend on whether we are in the CL or not. Strange way to run a club isn’t it?

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  31. Of course David Villa is for sale, if shitty or wankchester utd really wanted him, they would just go and him, simple as that. more like, Arsene won’t buy him cause there’s no sell on value…

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  32. Fuck this shit. I don’t know why Wenger does this to us. It pisses me off at how he changes his words every other day. And fuck the ,media too. and fuck this transfer window, fuck the fa fuck uefa and fuck fifa.

    But seriously…..why don’t we make the most of our resources? We have the money. If we don’t then someone is cooking the book and we need to be investigated. This team is good enough to get 4th, but we couldn’t use our massive resources to find just ONE fucking good player??

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