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The 63-year-old admits that he likes the Barcelona forward but is not concentrating on brokering a summer deal, choosing to prioritise more "immediate targets" such as the FA Cup

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his admiration for David Villa but insists that he is not lining up a move for the Barcelona striker.

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The 63-year-old is a long-time admirer of the Spanish forward but was unable to lure him from Camp Nou during the January transfer window.

And, despite admitting to being a fan of the player, Wenger insists that he is prioritising more "immediate targets", such as his side's FA Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers.

He told reporters: "I'm not on the case. 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."

The Gunners host Rovers on the back of five consecutive wins in all competitions, although Wenger will be all too aware that the last time his side lifted the trophy was in 2005.

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