Arsenal latest: Including Villa no-go and M'Vila snub?

David Villa

News and gossip from The Emirates over the past 24 hours

Arsenal have been told to forget about potentially bringing in Barcelona forward David Villa this January. The Catalan club’s president Sandro Rosell has ‘completely ruled out’ selling Spain’s record goal-scorer during the winter window despite growing rumours that he is looking for an exit from the Nou Camp. They will therefore focus all their attention into a deal for Atletico Madrid forward Adrian Lopez.

Several sources now believe it is but a matter of time before Theo Walcott signs a new deal with the club. It is believed the most recent contract offer has met the demands of Walcott and his representatives while his recent employment as a striker by Arsene Wenger has also convinced him to remain at the club. Despite recent interest from Manchester United it appears that the 23-year-old will sign on the dotted line by the end of the week.

Wales assistant manager John Hartson does not feel that Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is currently enjoying his football. The former Arsenal player feels a loan spell away from the club could benefit him as it would see him playing in his more natural central-midfield position rather than the wide position he has recently been playing.

Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia is reportedly a transfer target once again for Arsenal. The Argentine has been in good form this season but has made little secret about his desire to leave the Constant Vanden Stock stadium. The Albiceleste international is reportedly available for £8 million and would add much needed steel to the heart of The Gunners midfield.

Yann M’Vila looks increasingly likely to not be on his way to Arsenal. The Rennes midfielder has been linked with a move to North London for the last two seasons but his recent poor form and disciplinary issues have put The Gunners off and now he looks likely to be moving to either QPR or Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg; despite worries over racism in the country.

Manchester City have returned almost a third of their allocation for the Premier League match this weekend after fans were unwilling to spend £62 on tickets for the fixture. It is not the first time that Arsenal’s ticket prices have courted controversy this year after they were announced as the most expensive tickets in the Premier League.

What are your views on everything and anything Arsenal FC on the 8th January 2013?

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