Arsenal to bid for Villa after Barcelona benching

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to splash out for Barcelona striker David Villa.

The Daily Mail says Arsenal are stepping up their interest in Villa after he was overlooked for their Copa del Rey victory over Malaga last night.

The Spaniard is growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of opportunities at the Nou Camp, having started just seven games this season.

But it will require a considerable bid from Arsenal to prise the 31-year-old away during this transfer window.

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