Arsenal Transfer News: Breaking Down Gunners' Midfield Target Jonathan Williams

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 5, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  Jonathan Williams of Crystal Palace chases after the ball during the Carling Cup Fourth Round match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on October 25, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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It's no secret that Arsenal has some serious work left to do this summer in order to contend with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City for the English Premier League crown. But perhaps a young midfield talent is just the piece the Gunners need to begin their resurgence. 

According to the Mirror's Alan Nixon, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is highly interested in making a £10 million bid for 19-year-old Jonathan Williams: "Wenger is desperate to win the race for the gifted midfielder in the summer – whether he helps the Eagles to reach the Premier League or not."

An attacking midfielder, Williams is at his best moving forward with the ball on his dominant foot. He isn't limited to one spot on the pitch, though, and can play wide if need be. 

Despite only being a teenager, Williams has made more than three dozen appearances for Crystal Palace in the English League Championship. He has one goal and six assists since joining the club in 2011.

At 5'6", the Welsh up-and-comer is a bit undersized, but he isn't lacking in toughness or promise.

Obviously, Williams isn't going to come in and make an impact right away at the Emirates if he's brought on. He's still developing his game, but all indications are that he'll become a major contributor for a Premier League contender some day.

He's picking up valuable international experience with the Wales senior national team, playing alongside countrymen—and Premier League talents—like Gareth Bale and Ashley Williams. After coming on as a substitute in the squad's 2-1 2014 World Cup qualifying win over Scotland on March 22, he earned a start four days later in a 2-1 loss to Croatia, proving to be a real talent in midfield.

Williams isn't going to help make things any easier for the Arsenal supporters this season or even next year, but he possesses all the required traits to become a star on football's biggest stage.


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