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'Arsenal are best for David Villa' - Invincible speaks out

Former Arsenal hero Robert Pires has urged David Villa to sign for the Gunners.

Earlier today we suggested a list of five strikers Arsene Wenger should try to sign if deals for Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic fall through.

On that list we did not include David Villa, who the club apparently tried to sign in January - Because of the word that Arsene Wenger has gone cold on a deal for the Spaniard.

One man who may just get Wenger's attention and persuade him to change his stance is his former player, the cult hero and Invincible squad member that is Robert Pires.

Pires scored 14 league goals for the Gunners in their unbeaten 2003/04 season, part of the squad in what remains their last Premier League triumph.

He has told Spanish newspaper Sport that not only is David Villa the man Arsenal need, but the Gunners are actually the club Spain's all-time leading scorer needs to revitalise his career.

Pires argues that Arsenal's consistent level and stability, gives Villa the perfect platform to get back to his best.

He said: "Villa is a very good player, score many goals, his time at the club has been hard, complicated. Coming to Arsenal will be very easy to adapt.

"If Villa want to raise his level best for him is to play for Arsenal, who will play the Champions League again."

While probably unintentional, Pires' comments are a slight sideways dig at Tottenham who have been trying to sign him - who would therefore in Pires' eyes represent a downwards step by offering Europa League football.

That deal is hard to see happening, it appears far more likely Villa will sign for a Champions League club for the sake of his career, which certainly puts the Gunners in a strong position, if Wenger wants to pull the trigger on a deal. If not then Atletico Madrid are another likely option.

Villa has been written off prematurely by many, due to his age at 31 and his tally of just 10 goals this season, but almost half of his appearances have been from the bench.

Combine that with the fact he has been recuperating from a leg break and trying to find some consistency, a change of scenery and increased motivation can certainly do him good.

He's 31 not 37, and Arsenal could far do worse. Villa is a proven winner and would add a lot to their squad in experience, mentality, and importantly goals.

Pires' message is clear - Over to you Arsene...

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