Arsene Wenger says he is 'not on the case' of Barcelona striker David Villa, and insists Arsenal are focused on more immediate targets - namely victory over Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Arsenal were frequently linked with a January move for Villa and, although Barcelona have maintained their desire to keep the Spain international, the Gunners could now reportedly make a summer transfer window move for the player.
The Gunners have yet to sufficiently compensate for the departure of Robin van Persie, although Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have hit their straps in recent weeks, and Villa has been touted as the man to fill the void left by the now Manchester United star.
Wenger was asked about potential interest in Villa during a press conference on Friday and, although the Arsenal manager revealed his 'like' for the Barcelona star, he would not be drawn on transfer speculation ahead of an important match.
"I’m not on the case," Wenger said, as reported by the official Arsenal website. "I like the player but, at the moment, we have some immediate targets that are more important to us - that means a win on Saturday."
Arsenal host Blackburn at the Emirates Stadium in the fifth round of the FA Cup knowing it is a competition they could feasibly win this season to end a barren spell without a trophy.
The Gunners have failed to lift a major piece of silverware since claiming the same trophy in May 2005, and have reached only two other finals since that victory against Manchester United in Cardiff.