A lot of the focus this summer has been placed on Arsenal’s pursuit of a new striker. The Gunners have been courting the likes of Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez, thus far with very little success.
But what about Arsenal’s back-four? Isn’t it equally important that Arsene Wenger seeks to fix this area of the team, before it’s too late and the transfer window slams shut?
Whilst the Gunners defensive record was good last season, individual errors cost the team goals and the likes of Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna were particularly disappointing.
What’s more, given the injuries that Arsenal have picked-up during their pre-season, signing a centre-back has become something of a necessity.
Given Arsene Wenger’s tight-fisted approach to the transfer market, it’s easy to believe that he would have gone in so low for a highly-regarded player like Williams.
Without saying as much, the player has more-or-less confirmed that he’d be up for the move. Speaking about Arsenal’s interest, William’s said:
“Its all very flattering, but you take it with a pinch of salt because you see a lot written and you never know what to make of it. I just take it as a compliment. You must be doing something right, whether it’s true or not. I try to leave it there.”
He also spoke about his aspirations for the future: “If I sat here and said I didn’t want to play in the Champions League, that’d be a lie.”
Whether Swansea City could provide this isn’t clear. They had a strong season last year, but will they be able to repeat the feat this time round?
Williams is a complete professional and won’t get into any Luis Suarez like antics to try and force a move. He’s too classy for that. This professionalism maps onto his footballing style, where he uses his physical strength, positional-sense and reading of the game to great effect.
The Mirror claim that the Gunners would have to double their currently lodged bid to make a deal happen. I’d argue it would be worth it. He comes with Premier League experience and would significantly improve competition at the back. Bring it on!
What’s your take? Should Arsenal go back in for Ashley Williams?
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