After Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stated yesterday that the club are actively working hard to bring in summer signings, the latest name linked with a move to the Emirates is Swansea captain Ashley Williams. The leader at the Liberty Stadium is expected to be available for around £10 million and now it is up to Wenger as to whether he wants to pay the fee for the centre-back.
The Wales skipper has become one of the most consistent defenders in the top flight as his Swansea side embraced the Premier League. His partnership with Spanish defender Chico set the platform for a 9th placed finish and setting the Swans on their way to Capital One Cup glory.
The Gunners are looking to strengthen their backline to provide competition for places as a result of skipper Thomas Vermaelen being out for six weeks with a back injury whilst Spanish left back Nacho Monreal will be out of the start of the season after needing injections in his back.
The chase for Williams has been on-going at the Emirates Stadium with scouts being present during Swansea’s Europa League qualifying with Malmo. The Arsenal boss knows they need to strengthen the defence and Williams would provide another option along with central defensive partnership Laurent Koscienly and Per Mertesacker.
However, would the signing of Williams represent a team challenging for the title? Or a team who are expecting a battle for fourth?