Arsenal will wait until the final days of the transfer window before making a list ditch effort to persuade Barcelona to part with star striker David Villa.

The Spain international has suggested that he would like to leave the Spanish club in the near future after falling out of favour with manager Tito Vilanova and being forced to watch the majority of games from the substitute bench.

David Villa
David Villa has found first team opportunities limited at Barcelona and has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou [Reuters]

Villa has still featured in featured in 13 league games this season but has struggled to force his way into the starting line-up in the biggest games and has not started any of the last four La Liga fixtures.

Still just 31-years-old it is clear that he wants to be playing regular football and according to the Sun he has keen to force his way out during the current transfer window.

The Sun believes that Arsenal are willing to make an offer of £10million which they hope will be enough to persuade Barcelona to part with the striker.

Villa may have struggled to force his way back into the Barcelona side after returning from more than six months on the sidelines with a broken tibia, but he still offers a wealth of experience at the very highest level.

He has not only won numerous trophies with Barcelona but he helped Spain claim their first European Championship in 2008 and was again instrumental during the 2010 World Cup as he ended the tournament with five goals.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rarely done business in the January transfer window during his spell in charge of the club but the chance to sign a proven world class striker may change his attitude.

Wenger has admitted that he would like to bring two new players to the club as they attempt to turn their season around and secure yet another top four finish.

They are currently seven points adrift of fourth placed Tottenham but will have the chance to cut the deficit when they face West Ham at the Emirates on Wednesday evening.