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Arsenal must wait for Villa, as Barcelona refuse to consider selling striker

David Villa will not be leaving Barcelona this month.

Since recovering from a broken leg, the Spanish international has struggled to re-establish himself in the Camp Nou side. Of the 18 La Liga and six UEFA Champions League matches played so far this season, the 31-year-old has started just seven with another 11 outings from the bench.

This has led to speculation suggesting Villa could be loaned out this month or, if an offer of £16million received, released on a permanent basis. A number of clubs have been linked with the striker, most notably Arsenal who are in need of more firepower.

Arsene Wenger was forced to sell Robin van Persie to Manchester United during the summer, and although Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have been brought in, there is no doubt the Gunners miss their former Dutch talisman and club captain.

Villa, who has consistently scored goals for the Catalan giants and his previous clubs Valencia, Real Zaragoza and Sporting Gijon, as well as internationally for Spain, would have been the perfect fit. However, Barca have revealed they will not offload him in the January market.

Speaking to RAC, president Sandro Rosell said: "I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market. He is ours and we need him, there is a lot of the season left."

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