There had been talk that Barcelona were willing to do business with Arsenal over a move to the Emirates and the star himself was reportedly keen on a move, but it has now been revealed that the Spanish giants president Sandro Rosell has told the Gunners ‘ he is ours and we need him’.

Having already offloaded Marouane Chamakh, Arsenal are expected to strengthen their squad this month, with manager Arsene Wenger said to be keen on the Spain international.

Rosell, however, has said the 31-year-old, who signed for Barcelona in a £31m deal from Valencia in 2010, is strictly off-limits.

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Speaking to Catalan radio station RAC, he 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.” (Sky Sports)

It isn’t good news for many that wanted to see Villa plying his trade at the Emirates, but as we have seen in recent transfer windows Wenger does not like to spend too big if he doesn’t feel like the player is worth it and although Villa is considered one of the best forwards in the world. He has been plagued by injuries and is now 31-years-old and for £16 million he would have only been a short-term solution.