Poacher could make Emirates Stadium switch.
Arsenal are favourites to beat rivals Tottenham to the signature of Barcelona striker David Villa, after Arsene Wenger’s men sealed Champions League qualification.
Spanish website Sport.es claims that Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer has decided to leave the Nou Camp this summer and has his heart set on a move to the Premier League.
The Gunners were frequently linked with the 31-year-old in January but their interest had appeared to cool, leaving Spurs in the driving seat.
Liverpool are also interested in the forward, who has struggled for game-time this season under Barca boss Tito Vilanova, but the Gunners are understood to once again be leading the chase for Villa.
Spurs failure to qualify for the Champions League seems to have cost Andre Villas-Boas’ team the chance to land Villa, despite ongoing negotiations with Barca chiefs.
Versatile forward Villa has started just 16 La Liga games for the Catalans this season but has still scored 9 goals.