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Updated - Transfer Truth: The Truth on Williams to Arsenal

Posted on Jul 23rd, 2013 by James Ellaby

Arsenal may be currently hitting the headlines in their pursuits of glamorous targets like Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez, but could they be going for Swansea's Ashley Williams too?

Williams: Transfer Truth: 25%
We've previously linked Williams with a move to Arsenal, with the Welsh captain's performances in Swansea's League Cup triumph last year certainly eye-catching.

And now, with Thomas Vermaelen out injured again and Laurent Koscielny picking up an ankle injury in Japan, the Gunners' central defensive resources are stretched. Well, they're basically Per Mertesacker on his own.

Metro are the source for this rumour, which seems to be mostly speculation around the potential of Koscielny's injury to be serious, which isn't clear at the moment.

Arsene Wenger's best times with the Gunners have come with men like Tony Adams or Patrick Vieira representing him in the team, and Williams has shown that not only is he a strong defender, but also a great captain.

When asked about it, he kept his cards close to his chest, telling Sky Sports News:

It means you're doing something right and people are talking about you at least. I take it as a compliment. I don't really read the papers and that type of thing. You don't really know, as that's the future, and I can't really say. Different circumstances determine different things.

The comment falls a long way short of making any long term commitment to Swansea, which of course opens the door for all sorts of things to be written, and with some justification you could interpret this as a statement which implies Williams would not be against a move to Arsenal if a bid was received.

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It's a decidedly flaky logic at work behind the story, but it does seem that Arsenal are short on cover at the back, while Williams has the potential to succeed there.

The complication might be that Liverpool are also linked with him, and Brendan Rodgers (former Swansea boss of course) will have a previous relationship with him to build on if he wants to sign him.

The asking price is only quoted at around £10m, so is hardly restrictive, but we'll need to see a bit more than a hobbling Koscielny to be convinced that this is going to happen, but a lack of good cover at center back is likely to push Arsenal closer to Williams and might just stimulate a good enough bid for his services from Wenger.

Likeliness of Signing: 25%
Fit at Club: 75%

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