Whether or not it was serious, Arsenal's reported interest in Barca star David Villa will not result in any transfer, according to Alex Hankin of The Daily Mirror. That means that there will be little transfer news coming from the Gunners.
Recently, Villa was rumored to be interested in such a move, and Arsenal was working hard to make it happen, according to Dean Jones of The Daily Mirror. Wenger was rumored to have called Villa personally to convince him to come to Arsenal, and Barca was willing open to discussion.
Turns out, Barca was never open to discussion, at least not for the January transfer window. While the club was always expected to prefer a move in the summer, we now know that Barca never had a serious intention of discussing the star striker in January.
With few big names available, Arsenal will have trouble finding anyone to provide a significant upgrade. Villa was their one big hope to acquire a superstar, and that has fallen through.
Of course, Arsenal is not all doom and gloom regarding the latest news. Arsenal is still looking at Atletico Madrid forward Adrian Lopez and Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia, according to Hankin. Also, Villa could still possibly be had at the summer transfer window.
The Gunners will certainly make some moves in this January transfer window, with Lopez and Biglia reportedly being hot targets. Adding one or both of those players, with a potential move for Villa on the back-burner, would represent some reasonable business for the north Londoners.
Arsenal is on the cusp of a great year. Despite ranking sixth in the Premier League, the Gunners are fourth in goal differential. The move for Villa was obviously intended to put the Gunners over the top, but now they can focus on more realistic and affordable targets.
While the club might not make any big moves, they will be sure to quietly add some talent this transfer window. That sets up the potential for big moves this summer. Stay tuned.