Spanish international striker not arriving at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out signing Barcelona striker David Villa in the final days of the transfer window despite being heavily linked with a swoop for the Spanish striker.
Villa has been the subject of much speculation this month over his future with loan moves to Swansea City and Arsenal discussed as well as a permanent transfer to the Emirates Stadium for around £15million.
Talk of the move intensified on Monday, but, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Wednesday, Wenger ruled out the prospect of Villa arriving at the club this month.
Arsenal, who have loaned out striker Marouane Chamakh to West Ham in the transfer window, have tried to do a deal but Barcelona have refused to allow the World Cup winner to leave the Nou Camp.
Wenger said: “Barcelona don’t want to sell, they’ve made that clear. I said they don’t want to sell, I didn’t say he was a target.”
He added: “We are still trying, but it’s hard to sign players in January who can improve you.”