Published On: Wed, Jan 9th, 2013

Arsenal told to forget about striker

David Villa’s potential move to Arsenal has been dismissed by Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, according to Sky Sports.

The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners in recent weeks, with Arsene Wenger himself confirming the club would be in for “one or two players.”

The 31 year old striker is widely considered to have been one of the best strikers of the past decade and is Spain‘s all-time leading goal scorer, but there are concerns that his best days are behind him.

Villa suffered a leg break last season which saw him lose his place in the team’s starting line up, and has struggled to regain top form since his return to action.

Not for sale

With the likes of Pedro Rodriguez and Alexis Sanchez playing below par this season, Barcelona may feel the former Valencia man is not worth letting go.

Rosell was quoted as saying: “I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market. He is ours and we need him, there is a lot of the season left.”

The two clubs have a history of doing business, with Arsenal selling numerous key players to the Catalan club during Wenger’s reign.

Having seen the likes of Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, and Thierry Henry depart to Barcelona as well as still being owed money for the transfers of Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song, Gunners fans could be forgiven for thinking their Spanish counterparts might be willing to return the favour.

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