Arsenal Renew Interest In Williams With Vermaelen Facing 3 Months Out

By on July 11, 2013

With the summer transfer window now open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal are back in for Ashley Williams.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has renewed his interest in Swansea’s Ashley Williams with fears growing that Thomas Vermaelen could be ruled out for 3 months, according to the Daily Mail.

The Gunners captain – who lost his place in Wenger’s starting eleven towards the end of last season – picked up a back problem while away on international duty with Belgium last month and he wont be on the plane that leaves for the clubs pre-season tour of East Asia today as he will remain in London to continue his rehabilitation.

While no fixed time frame has been put on the 27-year-old’s recovery, the Mail claim the next week is going to prove critical in diagnosing the full extent of the problem and while he’s almost certain to miss the start of the season, fears are growing that he could be ruled out for up to 3 months.

If the worst should happen, it would leave Wenger with just two fit centre-backs in Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Johan Djourou has left the club on loan while Sebastien Squillaci has been released after his contract expired, so we’re severely lacking in depth at the back.

The newspaper suggests that this has lead to renewed interest in Swansea captain Ashley Williams. We were heavily linked with a move for the Welshman earlier in the summer but the boss apparently baulked at his £10m asking price but it seems we’re now going to make a fresh enquiry following Vermaelen’s injury.

I still feel £10m is a lot of money to pay for a player who’ll soon turn 29 and will more than likely be nothing more than a back-up option. If we could land Williams for nearer £6m then it would be worth a punt but any more and I personally feel we should look at other options.

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7 Comments

  1. Paul johnson

    July 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

    If I were Ashly Williams reading this, I would say that if I wasn’t worth £10 million two weeks ago why am I now. Swansea City and their fans rate him at more than £15 million in terms of his impact on the field, so Ashley if you read this tell Arsene to poke off and find another stopgap you are to valuable on the pitch to be sitting on the emirates bench

  2. Dai

    July 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Agree with Paul. Even 10m is underwhelming from a Swans’ perspective, and with time to get a replacement passing I wouldn’t think we would be interested without a very substantial increase on that figure. Basically we don’t need the money and the 60m we get from another season in the Prem makes the 6m quoted in the article look like peanuts. Ashley seems quite happy with the way things are shaping up with our own side, and I doubt if he fancies being a bench warmer for most of the season – even if his bank account would swell a bit. Please look elsewhere Gooners!

  3. Fred Auko

    July 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Already we have a crisis in the squad yet our manager keep on speculating. The market is full of good talents and Gazidis have also bragged of money availability. What’s now taking the boss too long to streghthen the squad? Or we don’t have good scouting!!..the earlier players are signed the better coz the whole team shall get used to one another. If the manager and the rest have ears,let them listen.

  4. Goonerbeall

    July 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Paul and Dai, you need to relax and to think like businessmen. Chances are you are Welsh and therefore biased. Arsenal has options and needs to have more options so don’t go on about that underwhelming nonsense. What is so underwhelming about £10m for a guy at the wrong end of 30 years? Yes, Arsenal should test the water with £10m bid and any refusal should be considered as a nothing more than what it is. We have money but not for throwing out.

  5. rotimi

    July 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Y not???…he’s british…he’s good…he’s black and he’s strong…wat are we talkin about ere??? Ds guy is even d captain of d club..he’s a leader!!! For 10m..c’mon

  6. Elewure

    July 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I think a stiche in time, they say, saves nine. Arsene and the board need to act fast if the team is not to lose all their prime targets. Notably felaini. If the guy is eventually sold to another team, it is due to wenger’s unnecesary foot dragging on the bidding system. So, if you are very close to the emirate powerful man, warn him seriously.

  7. Philip esenti

    July 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Wat i’v come to know is AW usually gambles who could xpect verminator wuld not b fit he shuld realize de world of optimistic is gon sign players and we’ll know there’s money! Where is jovetic,higuin,gonalons n mo

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