Arsenal Had Deal In Place For Striker But £12.7m Move Was Vetoed

By on June 25, 2013

Some slightly irritating news coming from Spain today Gooners with Catalan media outlet Mundo Deportivo reporting Arsenal had agreed personal terms with David Villa back in January only for Tito Vilanova to block a £12.7m move at the last minute.

I’m sure most Arsenal fans will remember all the speculation over Villa during the January window and it appears we came extremely close to securing his services with personal terms apparently agreed and Barca officials open to the idea of selling the 31-year-old striker.

However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Vilanova insisted our £12.7m offer was rejected and vetoed the move as he felt Villa was needed during the second half of the season. What a w*nker!

I’d would have loved to have seen Villa at Arsenal and while it turns out we managed to clinch fourth spot without him, I feel it would have been a lot more comfortable had Spain’s all-time top-scorer been available to boss Arsene Wenger during the second half of last term.

Barcelona are now ready to cash-in on the ageing star but it appears we’ve ended our interest and moved on to younger targets, such as Gonzalo Higuain. While I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Argentinean, unfortunately it looks at though Villa could end up at our rivals Tottenham with a £8.4m bid said to be in the offing.

He’s still far too good for that lot and I’ll honestly be gutted if he goes there. Surely there are still some Champions League clubs who want a player of Villa’s quality, despite his age? No? Well if not, why don’t we snap him up as well as Higuain? You can’t have too many top class strikers after all….

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Would you still like Arsenal to buy Villa? Are you disappointed we missed out in January?


  1. jack

    June 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I thought Raul is the all time top scorer for Spain?

    • Twig

      June 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Villa now is.

  2. ogban

    June 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    This must be the transfer Wenger said we were close to making at the end of the January window.

  3. GoonerEris

    June 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    The reason he may not accept a role in a team with Higuain, Giroud and possibly, Rooney is the same reason he wants out of BARCA: He won’t get the playing time he requires to be taken seriously by the Spain manager for a place in his world cup team list.

  4. Abdulahi prince olawale

    June 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Arsenal fc is an academy for upcoming stars to develop before joining another club to carry trouphy, so stars player beware if you want to carry trouphy dont come to arsenalfc if not so before and after u retired u wouldnot carry any trouphy.gunner trouphyless for life.

    • nelson okpuje nsukka

      June 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Why should u waste ur time reading our news? Pls stay away frm arsenal news.

    • Joe

      June 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      You dick!!!!!!!

  5. crimson

    June 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I think this proves how out of touch Wenger is because paying 12.7m for a 31 year old is sheer lunacy.

  6. jamesnjoku

    June 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I think the ideal of bringing in David Villa is a lot more to arsenal fans & I believe that the speculation from the onset lifted up many hope.not too late,we can still have him joining us this summer.Gunner 4life

  7. goonerblood

    June 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    It comes as a relief to me. I was concerned at hearing rumours of our interest in the arrogant Villa. I don’t like him one bit. Higuain, on the other hand, is pure class. He’s proven it. I don’t know why Real Madrid prefer Benzema over him. For me, he’s an absolute steal. I’d be happy to pay £40m for Higuain before offering a thing for Villa. So, I’m pleased with how things are looking.

  8. bob

    June 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I’d love to have Villa alongside Higuian. I’m pretty sure Villa is still going to be better than Giroud this year and anyone who thinks Rooney will be at arsenal is deluding them self!

    We need Fellani, Higuain and a good centre half after that Villa would be great!

  9. bello akorede

    June 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I will be happy if I can see higuin,fellani @ d club next season….gunners 4 life

  10. Zilayefa macaulay

    June 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    When players like Giroud, Gevinho is also playing at arsenal why can’t villa play? Arsenal we need plenty of striking option, desprite he’s age he is a good an experince player he will still be very useful to arsenal if the found is their pls buy villa i like him.

  11. Mg

    June 26, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Dear author,

    comments related to “4th place trophey” are not welcome, get your head out of your ass and expect our great club to compete!

    I am not talking about so called marquee signings, we have a great squad, in arsene we trust to complete the finishing touches!

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