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Wenger tight-lipped on link with Chelsea and Liverpool target David Villa

Barcelona's David Villa. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport Barcelona's David Villa. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Friday, December 28, 2012
10:38 AM

Arsene Wenger has refused to be drawn on speculation linking Arsenal with a January swoop for Barcelona striker David Villa.

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The 31-year-old, who holds Spain’s all-time scoring record, has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks as he struggles to nail down a starting spot in the Spanish giants’ line up.

The Gunners have been tipped to move for Villa, but Wenger says he cannot give away any names as he prepares for the January transfer window.

“Any interest we have in any players has to be kept secret at the moment,” said the Frenchman when pressed on his alleged interest in Villa.

He added: “I cannot come out with any names.”

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