Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Ridiculous Transfers That Will Not Happen

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIJanuary 3, 2013

Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Ridiculous Transfers That Will Not Happen

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    There are some transfer rumours that are plainly absurd. Arsenal is no stranger to some of those rumours.

    The Gunners' recent transfer policy under Arsene Wenger means fans generally know what to expect when the club is linked to a player.

    Whether it's age, wages, playing style etc. the list goes on there are certain players who are highly unlikely to don an Arsenal shirt.

    In the minds of some, Arsenal could be in need of a player of a certain ilk, but Wenger would find an alternative or no option at all.

    Here's a look at five ridiculous Arsenal transfer rumours that will never happen with the least ridiculous first.

5. Yann M'Vila to Arsenal

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    According to the Metro, Arsenal may be reconsidering making a move for French midfielder Yann M'Vila.

    The young Rennes midfielder has seen his stock fallen dramatically in recent times and, as revealed by ESPN Soccernet, may not have a future at the club.

    Why It Won't Happen

    Arsene Wenger reportedly denied his interest in the player during the summer of 2012 (via Sky Sports).

    The Gunners have since seen the player banned from the French national team due to his off-field habits. 

    M'Vila may come at a cheap price were Arsenal to be interested, but he would not be worth the trouble for Wenger.

    Wenger sold Alex Song during the summer and showed faith in the injury-prone Abou Diaby in his stead.

    His stubbornness will not allow him to submit a bid for a midfielder and show his was wrong in the process.

    M'Vila may not be the same type of player as Diaby, but should he arrive he would signal a reshuffle in the squad that could allow Mikel Arteta to play farther forward—that is, if he starts.

4. Adrian Lopez to Arsenal

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    When Arsenal was first linked (via with a move for Adrian Lopez, it was certainly absurd.

    The fact that the rumour has continued, here's another report from, makes the situation annoying at this point.

    Why It Won't Happen

    As revealed by, Arsene Wenger is looking for exceptional players to buy in the upcoming transfer windows. Lopez does not fit that category.

    The Atletico Madrid attacker does fit some of the categories of a typical Arsene Wenger buy. He has decent pace, movement as well as dribbling skills and at his age, 24, Wenger can mold him.

    The rumours began as he was coming off a career year for Atletico Madrid in 2011/12. This season has been really poor.

    Arsenal has enough young attacking talents who need to work on their end product and consistency. Gervinho comes to mind.

    Lopez would not increase the club's attacking quality though he would increase depth if he joined.

    There's also that little part about his price. The above articles have Lopez costing anywhere from £10 million  to £14.7 million. 

    Arsenal can find better players for a similar price.

3. David Villa to Arsenal

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    As reported by the Telegraph, Arsene Wenger has shown interest signing a new striker for Arsenal.

    David Villa has been one of the names linked (via the Daily Mail) with a move to the club. 

    Why It Won't Happen

    Barcelona Director of Football Andoni Zubizaretta has said the Spanish forward will not be sold and that alone should put an end to speculation (see his comments here on

    There's plenty of other reasons why such a move is highly unlikely to happen.

    Arsene Wenger rarely makes moves for players nearing the age of 30, and Villa is 31. His recent injury layoff would also present a problem for the Gunners boss.

    Though Villa is more prolific than any attacking threat currently within the squad, he wouldn't be considered a beneficial buy because of his lack of resale value.

    Another thing to note is that Villa plays for the best club team in the world in Barcelona, and Arsenal would be a step down.

    Were he to move to England he would probably prefer teams like Chelsea or possibly Manchester City.

2. Nani to Arsenal

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    According to the Mirror Arsenal has shown interest in signing Manchester United winger Nani.

    The two clubs did exchange one high-profile talent already this season with Robin Van Persie's move to United.

    The Mirror believes Arsene Wenger is hoping his counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson will return the favour.

    Why it Won't Happen

    Deals between rival clubs are very rare, and the transfer involving Robin Van Persie is likely to be the only one between these clubs for some time.

    While Arsenal are in need of attacking talent, Nani is not the goal threat nor the consistent player they would need.

    His attitude and high wages are also factors which would reduce the likelihood of a move.

    Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly—comments can be read here at the Independent—said that Nani is not for sale to any team.

1. Leighton Baines to Arsenal

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    According to the Daily Star Arsenal could be poised to make a move for Everton left-back Leighton Baines.

    Baines would be a great addition for the Gunners to solidify one of the club's weak areas.

    Why It Won't Happen

    While it's certainly exciting to see such a rumour, it's ridiculous as well. 

    Baines plays for an Everton team that is constantly improving and is currently challenging the Gunners for a Champions League position.

    Arsenal may still provide a step up in stature but the club's performances in recent seasons makes them a less appealing option than other bigger clubs.

    Wenger has shown faith in Kieran Gibbs and would not want to replace the 23-year-old and dent his confidence.

    It's also highly unlikely that Wenger will spend the sort of money necessary to attain the services of the English left-back. values Baines at £16.5 million.