Far from it being a fleeting winter fancy, Arsenal are fully prepared to sign David Villa in the upcoming transfer window, with their Champions League qualification giving them an advantage over rivals Spurs.

Bid

Barcelona insider/mouthpiece Guillem Balague has confirmed Arsenal have bid around £10m for the Spanish striker, and a deal could be completed very soon.

Barcelona are prepared to let him go now, with the expectation being that they’ll sign a new striker (possibly Neymar) in the summer.

Villa was reportedly unsure as to his destination, having been convinced by Mikel Arteta in January to join Arsenal, he’s entertained the idea of Spurs instead.

However, the league table could prove decisive.

Game time

It seems clear that Villa has one thing on his mind-making Spain’s 2014 World Cup squad. At Barcelona he isn’t playing enough, and either of Arsenal or Spurs would certainly offer him more of a starring role than at Barca.

At 31 he’s not got long left at the top level, around two years most likely, and he’d rather be giving that to a side that will benefit.

One issue does arise: This isn’t exactly an ambitious signing from Arsenal. Along with another ‘big’ forward, certainly, but a 31 year-old signed on the cheap from Barcelona won’t exactly make other clubs stand up and take notice.

Once the ‘We’ve signed David Villa’ factor wears off, people won’t be happy.

With Yaya Sanogo likely to join as well, could that be Arsenal’s forward shopping completed?

I hope not. Of course, with Villa’s capabilities on the wing as well, he could be a squad option for the front 3. Here’s hoping that is the case.

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0 #6 Roscoe 2013-05-21 00:42
If Sanogo comes (I hope) I think there is only room for one more striker. I would prefer Jovetic if that were the case.
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-3 #5 deaqross 2013-05-20 13:22
I believe in him and now is the time for him to put smile on our faces by signing quality players and make sure nothing stop us from wining the league and champions league, i believe if should arsenal qualify from bayern munich we would av won the champions league this season cos all the team that participate in the CL this season are all average teams only bm is exceptional so with just few big players coming in arsenal can be great as he'ڪ before gunners for life
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-5 #4 England66 2013-05-20 11:28
'with their Champions League Qualification' dont get to ***y as Arse said "lets not forget we aren't in the ECL yet" your've only qualified for the play off into the ECL.
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+2 #3 Godswill 2013-05-20 09:25
Plus Higuain (and already Giroud,we can compete in all the four competitions effectively.
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-1 #2 James Arthur 2013-05-20 09:22
Villa has said he's staying at Barcelona. Barcelona have said Villa is not going to be sold. Why have you written this drivel?
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-10 #1 optaguy 2013-05-20 09:20
Any team would be lucky to have him. Unfortunately I think his stature is far too big for him to sign for us.
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