Arsene Wenger not expecting to sign Barcelona's David Villa

Barcelona's David Villa is congratulated by team mates after scoring against Cordoba on January 10, 2013
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Arsene Wenger insists that Barcelona are not willing to budge on their stance that striker David Villa is not for sale.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that the Gunners will miss out on signing Barcelona striker David Villa before Thursday's transfer deadline.

The Spain international has been a reported target for the North London club and it had emerged that Arsenal had begun negotiations with the forward.

Despite these reports, Wenger has insisted that the Spanish giants are unwilling to offload the 31-year-old.

"Barcelona doesn't want to sell David Villa, they have made it very very clear," Wenger said in a press conference. "You respect the desire, if I say that somebody is not for transfer, I expect other clubs not to buy them."

Meanwhile, the Frenchman has confirmed that free agent David Beckham is training with the Gunners.

Barcelona's David Villa is congratulated by team mates after scoring against Cordoba on January 10, 2013
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