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Highly-rated Valencia striker David Villa has revealed that, should he move to England, Arsenal would be his preferred destination.

With the Spanish striker insinuating that he may call time on his career at the Mestalla over the summer there is likely to be a whole host of clubs fighting for his signature.

He has netted 63 times in just three seasons for Los Che, making him one of the most feared forwards in world football.

Chelsea are known to be one his many admirers, with Avram Grant believed to have already enquired as to the Spanish hitman's availability.

However, Villa appears to have dashed the Blues' hopes of taking him to Stamford Bridge by revealing that he would rather be a Gunner.

"I watch the Premier League a lot and the team I'm most attracted to is definitely Arsenal," he told The Sun.

"Their brilliant one and two-touch football and the whole style of rapid counter-attack which dominates the top level of the Premier League now is the one which suits my game best of all.

"I think I'm made to succeed in England but of course it's one thing saying it and quite another getting there and then doing it.

"The Valencia president (Agustin Morera) always told me he wouldn't sell me until summer 2008. If an offer comes in I'm hungry to test myself in England."

Should a move to Emirates Stadium not materialise, Villa admitted that he would be equally happy to join up with his international team-mate Fernando Torres at Liverpool.

"It's great playing alongside Fernando," he said.

"We understand each other totally and we get on brilliantly off the park."

- I was always under the impression that David Villa is a player with ambition...hur hur....muahahahaha

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From this interview, it seems that he likes Arsenal for the way they play, and he likes Liverpool because of the Spanish connection and a certain Rafael Benitez.
Also, I'm surprised that there's no mention of Chelsea...
CAYETANO ROS - Valencia - 15/04/2008

Have you hit the wall?

- If we look at my numbers in general perhaps. But if we look at the numbers of matches I’ve played, I’ve scored 12 goals in 22 club appearances. In that case, it’s not a bad return.

Do you still consider yourself what many people call an ‘instinctive goal-scorer’?

- I try not to think about ‘how’ I’m going to score. I just try to be focused so that I will put the ball in the back of the net when the opportunity presents itself.

Against Italy, for example, you scored a cracker out of an otherwise ordinary performance.

- I struck it well. Just the way I wanted to. It wasn’t a fluke but yes you could say it was out of instinct.

Do you feel ashamed of your team’s poor season?

- That’s a word nobody likes to hear. We’re hoping to end the season in the most dignified manner possible.

How do you get to the point where you’re just 5 pts from the danger zone?

- We started the season well, but there have been some situations that affected us greatly.

Did you understand the sacking of Quique Flores?

- I was happy with Quique. If you look back it wasn’t the best decision to sack him, but at the time everyone was calling for his head. The club made the decision but we’re all equally guilty.

Do you feel that the decision to marginalize Albelda, Cañizares and Angulo has done more harm than good for Valencia?

- Yes. I’m not just saying it because they’re mates of mine, the numbers are there. It has hampered us. They are very important players both on and off the pitch. They were the players with the most years and matches played for Valencia in the squad. They had a lot of experience at this club.

What did you learn from Quique?

- He didn’t like making any mistakes and he always went over them during the week. Individually, he was of much help because he’d always be there for you in the bad moments. When I was in great form and scoring goals every week we wouldn’t talk at all. But he would approach me in the bad times and I’m thankful for it.

And what about Ronald Koeman?

- He’s been here a lot shorter. He came into the club with a built squad and his own ideas. You learn from every one, more or less, to play other positions. With a 4-3-3 at times, I’m playing on the wing.

Despite all that, the team is not scoring many goals.

- Just because you’re playing with more strikers it doesn’t mean you will score more goals. The players were used to a different system and we’re having a tougher time with this system.

Would you have liked to have been trained by Benitez?

- Yes, from the comments of my Liverpool mates or the ones here in Valencia who played for him. They tell me that they’ve learned many things from him. It’s a pity that we didn’t coincide.

Would you like Marcelino as a manager here at Valencia?

- He’s very similar to Quique in terms of personality, of keeping a group together and demanding the most. I played for him at Sporting when I was 17 years old and it was a very positive experience for me.

Should the national team play with a 4-4-2 or a 4-1-4-1 formation?

- Both systems have worked well for us. It doesn’t matter.

Are you compatible with Torres?

- Yes, both on and off the pitch. We like playing together. I don’t want to disrespect Atletico but Torres has been through some tough times and now he feels liberated. And the way Liverpool play suits his abilities, which are up there with the best in the world.

Would you adapt to English football as well?

- I think so. Their football is fast, counter-attacking, which is the best for my qualities. Of course it’s a different story to get there and be successful. As a fan, I like Arsenal because they play one, two touch football and they’re very good at it. And because of my mates, I like Liverpool.

You spoke of a pact with Valencia’s majority owner, Juan Soler, about your Valencia exit. Do you trust him?

- When some clubs expressed their interest in me, he told me that he didn’t want to negotiate and that we would discuss it next year.

You mean this summer…

- Yes but if an offer arrives for me I will have to speak to the president [Agustin Morera], not with the majority owner.

Where do you see yourself playing in the future?

- I’m currently under contract for five years and a very high buyout clause.

Are you happy with the money you’re making?

- I don’t know. The most important thing is emotional stability. And in the previous two years the team was playing at a very high level. We’ll see what this team will look like next year and that’s when we’ll make a decision.

From 1 to 10 how would you grade Valencia’s sports management?

I would give it a 4. Let’s see if we can win the Cup final and our final six games. That would give us a few extra points.

What would you highlight about Getafe? [Cup final rivals]

- They’re on a moral high because of the way they played against Bayern and their good football. They know each other very well and are able to rotate while keeping the same level of performance.

Should Valencia have played on Sunday like Getafe thus having the same days to rest before the final?

- In life there are pros and cons. And the pride of playing on three competitions means that you will have less time to prepare for the next match.

In which ways is Valencia a better team?

- In terms of history and experience. And with players that have proven themselves in this kind of games. Who says we can’t play the perfect match? If we’re able to do so, there aren’t many times that can beat us.

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Wenger Not Planning Coup For Villa


Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has brushed aside transfer rumours that he is planning a swoop for Valencia star striker David Villa.

The La Liga attacking ace complimented the Gunners in midweek, but Wenger maintains he is happy with the front-men he has at the club at the moment.

Villa, 26, was quoted as saying that he was a fan of Arsenal's attractive style of play, but despite the fact the North London outfit let their title charge disappear Wenger said it was unlikely the Spanish sensational hot-shot would make his way to Emirates Stadium.

"We are not in the transfer market for David Villa," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

"He has said some very complimentary things about us which we take as a big honour. I rate him very highly as a player but I will not make concrete investigations for anyone at the moment."

The manager went on: "I feel up front I need to give time to Walcott and Bendtner because they have made big improvement for me this season. Theo is coming on so I need to give them a chance or they will not come out."

In fact, the Arsenal manager hinted that he was more in the market for a defender as he said his attack doesn't need strengthening.

"We were leading at Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United plus we were leading at home against Liverpool," he said.

"So we can score goals. What we could not stop is conceding goals in big games.

"You know that nine times out of 10 the team that wins the big games is the team who scores first. But we lost these games after being in front. We suffered more as a team defensively rather than offensively."

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in a neutral point of view, we will have another exciting player to watch in the premier league.
as a utd fan, no, god no. villa has everything to be a world class striker, and valencia can no longer provide the stage for him to showcase his talent, so arsenal will be a very good destination for him if he decides to leave valencia. arsenal can really challenge us in all fronts with a couple of quality signings, and villa is surely one of the ideal signing.
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