David Villa in action for Barcelona.
Unfortunately for Gunners fans, they were unable to prise Villa away from Barcelona. The Catalan club were unwilling to let such an important squad member leave halfway through a season in which they are challenging for trophies on several fronts.
Arsenal may well look to try their luck again this summer, if reports are to be believed.
If Arsenal do eventually get their man, Villa seems certain to be a success. Go to the next slide to find out why.
David Villa would provide Arsenal with an alternative option at centre-forward.
At the moment, Olivier Giroud is Arsenal's only pure centre-forward.
Although Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Gervinho are all capable of playing through the middle, they are predominantly wingers. In Arsenal's current best XI, Podolski and Walcott are deployed wide of Giroud, and Gervinho is deployed on the bench.
Any injury to Giroud would significantly weaken Arsenal's hand; they badly need another striker.
Villa would be perfect. He would give Arsene Wenger another body to choose from, but also provide a real contrast to Giroud. The Frenchman is all about powerful hold-up play and aerial ability; the Spaniard's game is based on speed, movement and lethal finishing.
Arsene Wenger would have the option of picking the most appropriate striker for each opponent, without weakening his side.
Villa's versatility and ability to play on the left would also give him the option of fielding both Villa and Giroud: a mouth-watering prospect.
David Villa is already pals with Santi Cazorla.
In the early part of Arsene Wenger's reign, Arsenal were seen as a fusion of traditional English values and French flair.
Since the emergence of Cesc Fabregas, however, the club have taken on a strong Spanish identity. Fabregas was replaced by Mikel Arteta, who now plays alongside the former Malaga pair of Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal.
Take a look at the academy and you'll find Ignasi Miquel, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral all boosting the club's Spanish contingent.
If David Villa moves to London he should find it easy to settle in to Arsenal's increasingly Spanish culture.
David Villa alongside a potential future team-mate.
David Villa has played for Barcelona since 2010. You could not have a better grounding for a move to Arsenal.
Barcelona are the club Arsenal aspire to emulate. Their fluid style and possession-based game is the template upon which Arsene Wenger has built his team, even down to utilising the same iconic formation.
Should he join Arsenal, Villa's technical transition should be very smooth.
David Villa celebrates a goal for Barcelona.
Despite his recent injury problems, David Villa remains a top-class performer.
His achievements speak for themselves. He has won La Liga, the Champions League, the European Championship and the World Cup. In 2011 he overtook Raul as the Spanish international team's highest-ever goalscorer.
He would be the highest calibre signing Arsenal have made since Dennis Bergkamp. If his impact was anything like that of the Dutchman, he'd be an extraordinary purchase.