Date: 29th January 2013 at 1:57pm
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Arsene Wenger appears to have ruled out the suggestion that Arsenal will sign Barcelona striker David Villa in the January transfer window. Whispers have circulated during the month that the 31 year old Spain frontman had emerged as a target for the Gunners.

Last night, stories emerged that Arsenal had made contact with the Catalans over the prospect of buying Villa. Barca are thought to still owe Arsenal money for the sales of Fabregas and Alex Song, which the Gunners were willing to waver to finance the deal.

However, Wenger today dampened expectation that Villa would be arriving in N5 in this window, ‘Barcelona don’t want to sell, they’ve made that clear.’

That seems to suggest Arsenal did indeed make an enquiry, which Wenger then strangely appeared to refute, ‘I said they don’t want to sell, I didn’t say he was a target.’

One has to ask how the club know of Barca’s intransigence in the matter if they haven’t made a concrete enquiry. But then, given the scattergun nature of the manager’s comments during this month, I wouldn’t be altogther surprised if he started parroting David Icke’s ‘Superlizard’ theory tomorrow.