Arsenal back in for Ashley Williams now that Vermaelen is out for three months

By Stefano on July 18th, 2013 1 comment

In today’s least surprising news the Metro is reporting that Arsenal are back in for Swansea’s centre back Ashley Williams.

The gunners were looking at the defender earlier in the window but seem to have cooled their interest as they decided to keep their Belgian captain Thomas Vermaelen. However with Vermaelen out for three months with a a stress fracture in his lower back Wenger has been forced to renew his interest in the 28 year old.

Swansea apparently want £10 million. I guess Arsenal are looking to pay about half that, but in this instance the Welsh club have a pretty strong bargaining position.

Williams was superb for Swansea last season and he would give Wenger Arsenal a degree of strength that their defence has been lacking. It would be very interesting to see what the Williams/Koscielny partnership looked like.

If there is one signing that I expect Wenger to make this week it is this one.

  • Dai

    Unlikely to happen now and the price will be higher than reported for anything to go through – it is whispered in South Wales that the price would be 15M. I do not think Wenger will pay what it would take to make Ashley move. With the annual TV money now on offer, the Swans will see no benefit in risking a slide towards the relegation zone for the piddling sub 10K figure that Arse fans hope for. There have been so many stories about this through the summer that credibility is waning.




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