Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Ashley Williams Is Worth the Price for Injured Gunners

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2013

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Ashley Williams of Swansea battles for the ball with Graham Dorrans of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City at The Hawthorns on March 9, 2013 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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While many are questioning whether Arsenal target Luis Suarez is worth his reported £50 million price tag, one thing is for sure: Defensive target Ashley Williams would be worth every pound for a Gunners squad severely lacking depth at the back.

According to the Mirror's John Cross, Arsenal is considering re-igniting interest in the veteran Swansea defender this summer:

Wenger is also considering a new move for Welsh stopper Williams to ease his defensive injury problems.

Williams is keen but Swansea appeared to have priced him out of a switch by putting a £10million price on his head.

Swansea may now let him go for £8.5 million if it is to a top club. Arsenal are short of cover with Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal both out injured for the start of the season.

It's certainly no secret that Arsenal's back line has taken a serious hit with injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal. And while most of the club's transfer talk has centered on Suarez, Ashley Williams would be nearly every bit as crucial for the Gunners this summer.

He won't help Arsenal outscore Manchester United and the rest of the Premier League's top contenders next season, but he could help shut them down.

Arsene Wenger's squad was among the top defensive teams in the English Premier League last season, conceding just 37 goals in 38 matches (only Manchester City conceded fewer). But following up on that impressive performance will require poise and depth in front of goal.

Williams not only adds another body to the mix, but an immense amount of talent and leadership.

The 28-year-old has starred at Swansea City for the past six seasons, appearing in the Premier League in each of the past two campaigns since the club was elevated from the Football League Championship in 2011.

Williams has started 74 of 76 league matches for Swansea since the start of 2011, scoring just one goal but making stop after stop over that time. In addition to excelling physically, Williams has earned the respect of his coaches and peers, captaining both Swansea and the Wales senior national team.

A consistent and experienced player at the top level, Williams is no doubt worth the reported £8.5 million price tag.

No, he doesn't bring the flair or goalscoring production that Suarez obviously does, but he's a steady, reliable and durable performer that would provide Wenger with the balance and depth he covets on Arsenal's back line.


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