Arsenal to step up David Villa chase

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to step up the race to sign Barcelona striker David Villa, according to Metro.

The French tactician admitted the Gunners were short of strikers and that he would try and draft in an extra forward at Emirates Stadium before the transfer window closes this week.

However, he insisted his Arsenal squad had sufficient quality with what they have already, but was worried about replacements should injuries or suspensions become a factor.

“Quality-wise, no. But number-wise we are maybe a bit short,” he said when asked if he had sufficient firepower.

“It will not be easy, though, because you do not find strikers who are good enough to play for us on the street.”

The report claims Camp Nou star Villa is one of the targets the Arsenal boss has got his eye on for a late transfer window move.

Barcelona have publicly rejected the prospect of the 31-year-old leaving in January, but reports about his unhappiness at not playing regularly have persisted in recent weeks.

Arsenal currently only have Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski as senior strikers in the squad while Gervinho is away with Ivory Coast on international duty.

Of those, Giroud is the only conventional centre-forward but Walcott and Gervinho have occupied the position at times to varying degrees of success.

Despite admitting a possible need for extra strikers, Wenger said there was currently no prospect of new additions.

“I cannot promise we will sign anybody today, tomorrow, Tuesday or on Wednesday because at the moment we are not close to anything,” he added.

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