Arsenal have let Johan Djourou go out on loan to the Bundesliga club Hannover for the rest of the season, and Arsene Wenger will happily let the move become permanent. That leaves Arsenal with just three proper centre backs, bhecause I do not class Squillachi in that description. The Gunners do have some talent in the under-21s, but really need at least one more quality defender in the squad.
One player who fits the bill and has impressed Wenger considerably is the 28-year old captain of Wales, Ashley Williams. The centre back had another fantastic game last night as Swansea stopped Chelsea from scoring and went through to the final of the Capital One cup. Arsenal will have to pay way over the odds to sign Williams now, but are looking at bringing him to the Emirates in the summer, according to the Mirror.
It will not be a straightforward signing, however, as his former boss at Swansea, Brendan Rodgers, wants to take him to Liverpool as well. As Williams signed a new contract with the Welsh club in October, the asking price is likely to be around £8 million. Williams is a no nonsense defender who learned his trade in the lower leagues, but has taken to the Premier league like a fish to water.
Is he the right man to bring some grit and resolve to the Arsenal back line? He may not be as cultured as Mertesacker, Koscielny or Vermaelen, but he defends as if his life depends on it.