Arsenal could try to get David Villa for free…but not for long

With David Villa not playing his first competitive match for New York City until March 2015, he could be set for a loan move, with Arsenal the ideal club.

Arsenal have been tipped to spend big on a new striker this summer, but there is also a player who could arrive - if only briefly - for no transfer fee at all.

It would only be a short-term solution, and would not even stretch to an entire season. But it could be the signing that inspires the Gunners to kick-on after ending their nine-year wait for a trophy.

David Villa already has a new club, having become the first player to sign for MLS franchise New York City. And yet with their season not starting until March 2015, the prolific Spaniard could be seeking a short-term home in order to remain match-fit.

Step forward Arsenal.

Some Gunners fans may feel that bringing in the 32-year-old for just a few months would be a bad move, with the club better off focusing on permanent additions. But Villa showed in his final season at Atletico that he remains a threat up front, scoring 13 La Liga goals in their title-winning campaign.

With new arrivals almost certain to supplement Olivier Giroud, a loan move for Villa could see those players bed in just as the Spaniard will have to. But it will also give Arsene Wenger more options from the bench, and ensure his side get off to the best start in a campaign that is likely to see a considerably strengthened Chelsea and Manchester United.

With no issues of Villa playing for Arsenal in the Champions League, his experience could also prove vital in the group stage.

In truth it would be a win-win, with Villa and one permanent front-man such as Karim Benzema or Jackson Martinez giving Wenger one of the most formidable front-lines in Europe…while also allowing Theo Walcott to fully recover from his injury and Yaya Sanogo to gain further experience.

Villa has scored 213 goals in a career that has seen him play for Atletico, Valencia, Barcelona and Real Zaragoza. So what chance a brief stint in North London before he hits the Big Apple?

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