Will £10m price tag dissuade Arsenal from Williams?

It is no secret that Arsenal are looking to bring in at least one central defender this summer. It could even be two, depending on what happens with the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian international will be less than impressed at having lost his regular starting place to Laurent Koscielny and may decide he wants to move on, with Barcelona one of the teams apparently interested.

If that is his attitude, rather than working hard to regain his form, which is what cost him his place in the first place, then I am sure Wenger will allow him to leave. I hope and believe, however, that the Verminator will be back, which will still leave the Gunners with a space to fill in the centre of defence. One player continually linked with a summer transfer to the Emirates is the Swansea City and Wales player Ashley Williams.

Michael Laudrup and Swansea seem determined to keep him, however, and have priced him at £10 million to try to deter Arsenal and Liverpool, according to Metro. The 28-year old signed a new three year deal at the Liberty stadium last October, so Swansea are in a good position to resist offers if they want to keep him. Wenger would have been hoping to get him for relatively little, but this now seems unlikely, so the Frenchman has to decide if he is worth the money.

Williams has been almost ever present for Swansea in their rise from the championship to the Premier Leafue and now their first major trophy. The Swans will be in the Europa League next season, and their vice-captain may want to stick with them for at least another season.

The way Williams has come through the tiers of English football, playing in Leagues one and two for Stockport, and the committed way he plays make him similar to our own Laurent Koscielny. Williams is a good player with Premier League experience, but I wonder what he will add to the Gunners. He is more of a like for like replacement for Koscielny, and I would expect Wenger to go for a defender with something else to offer.

If Vermaelen stays and we buy another quality defender, Wenger will need to rotate more next season to keep them happy and match sharp, so perhaps he would be happy to have another Koscielny. What do you think, Gooners, is £10 million too much for Williams, and is he the defender we need?

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42 thoughts on “Will £10m price tag dissuade Arsenal from Williams?

  1. OX15

    Lets get Ogbonna, much better defender than Williams and available for the same £10m or less, no brainier!

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  2. jt

    i hope the 10m price tag does, I dont want to ever see him wearing an arsenal jersey. In other nes, sir alex ferguson has stepped down, rejoice and mock him all you want but at least pay respect to the greatest manager english football has ever seen, I know I’d want the same if and when Wenger leaves. Title race will be alot more intersting next year though, COYG!!

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  3. Fat boy

    Of topic but sir Alex’s is retiring although he’s manure manager but what a manager (-: good luck to him

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  4. shadgunner

    Come On,10 million is to much for him..5-6 mil wud b ok..better we get Dragovic,Young,powerful,great tackler,wud b perfect as 4th choice CB,wud get the time to develop under Boss,BFG and Verm..

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  5. jt

    reports are in that sir alex’s last game will be in november due to fergie time

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  6. BIG O

    FERGIE IS GOOOOOOOOOONE! CANT WAIT TO SEE MANCHESTER UNITED GET RELEGATED. GIVE IT 3-4 SEASONS IF THAT!

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  7. Suraj Murudkar

    well the question is, Do we really need another CB ? We already have three world best CB’s and if you still think of buying another then you only know the F of Football i.e. Just F*CK-OFF !!

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  8. shadgunner

    By D way ,in my opinion Swansea rise can be attributed more to CHICO flores than to him..his tackling is great,3.3 tackles per foul and makes some good interceptions per game..they got him for just 3.5 mil,and i guess he is younger than williams,so how about luring him away for 10 mil.

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  9. ButtFlaps

    Why we not make the purchases to top top top players? Arsenal need the best!

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  10. Mowember

    Red nose aka bacon face aka dirty rat quits this is a great day for footbal yess.

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  11. let's be Realistic

    Fergie Retires….Left Man United on a High….Same thing Wenger could have done years ago..

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  12. Ahmed

    Arsenal are interested in Chicho Flores, Williams is being used as a smokescreen. According to Whoscored, Flores is statistically best defender this season alongside Vertonghen.

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  13. LoCkAy

    Ferguson is retiring, which means only one thing: Mourinho is on his way to Man United like I thought he would.

    I think Mourinho will not go to Chelsea because Abramo ego is as high and big as his…!!

    Now back to our motion less Arsenal… I watched the program l’Equipe during the weekend and Wenger has confirmed that a deal for Gonalons was in preparation and he had sent scouts to watch the Sochaux RB…!!

    I just think that we are going to get the same old things with Wenger, which are unproven players ( may be with quality but unproven ) and with limited experienced and generally not strong enough especially mentally…!!

    I said it before ( got loads of thumbs down, because some Arsenal fans still believe we can win the league , the CL or even a mini cup by not spending or do it the Wenger way ) and I say it again…

    £70 millions IS NOT ENOUGH IF YOU WANT TO CAPTURE THE PREMIER LEAGUE AND CHALLENGE FOR THE CL ( HOPEFULLY WIN A DOMESTIC CUP )…

    We can debate on which players should be brought and all, but the funds available are not sufficient to achieve anything great… Simple !!

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  14. Previgo

    BETA OPTIONS FOR ME..
    HUMMELS
    SOBOTIC
    DRAGOVIC
    NKOLOU
    I WAS 1NCE EAGER TO SEE US GET WILLIAMS BUT I JUST REALISE WE ALREADY HAVE 3 TOP CLASS CB..ANY FURTHER ADDITION WILL HAVE TO BE A YOUNG LAD AND HAVE D PATIENCE OF SITTING ON THE BENCH FOR QUITE A LONG TIME BECAUSE I DONT SEE ANY CB WE ARE GOING TO SIGN JUST BREAK INTO OUR 1ST TEAM XL…WILLIAMS WILL TURN 29 BEFORE THE START OF NEXT SEASON..I THINK WE SHOULD GO FOR A YOUNGER OPTION

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  15. Neil

    Premier League’s longest serving manager is about to be…

    …Arsene!

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  16. goonerretic

    Hitler,moussolini,kocheschu,saddam,gaddafi….all of them gone…now fergi…the world is becoming a abetter place

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  17. ayjay

    This is a big opportunity if you ask me. Ferguson has been papering over the cracks for a few seasons now. Be interesting to see if they can hold it up without him…

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  18. LoCkAy

    Arsene Wenger is about to become the longest serving manager… That’s great expect for the fact that it has been almost 9 years of f*ck all going on at the club…!!

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  19. Neil

    Old Trafford announce a minutes applause for Fergie in the 98th minute.

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  20. MDOwn

    This is doing my nut in now! I really don’t think he is better than the defenders we have. What we need is to let Bould take more control in tactics. If Verminator leaves then maybe but there are definitely better defenders available for 10mill.

    We need to focus on DM and RB. Two players and we will have a really strong team.

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  21. MVella

    I’m not sure that Arsene likes to get big bruiser type of CBs. Mertesacker is big, but again, he is more technical minded than physical, he seems to always position himself perfectly to intercept a pass.

    If Arsene does get another CB this year I think he is going to try and find someone who is more technical than big. Taking that into consideration, what options are there?

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  22. Welsh_Gooner

    What we lack is a real leader at the back, I thought we had him in vermaelen but since his form has dropped he hasnt been on the pitch, kos n mert are a great partnership but i for one would love a tony adams like signing strong and commanding, Williams has both!

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  23. nir

    i dont want williams at verminator’s cost! verms is class on his day.
    btw for all you ramsey hters, he was voted player of the month for arsenal.

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  24. Ahmed

    Not even Mourinho can live up to Sir Alex, even though I hate Man U you have got to respect what a great manager Sir Alex has been for that club. Look at the team that won the league this year and compare that to Mourinho’s team, only Sir Alex has that management skills to get his team, which really are not strong, to win the league.

    This week so far has been good for Arsenal, a new sponsor bringing in a lot of money and the retirement of the greatest threat to Arsenals title hopes.

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  25. Neil

    Why is everyone assuming Mourinho will be the boss at Scumchester Yoonited?

    Moyes is the clear bookies favourite.

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  26. Hjm80

    Do we seriously still not have a good enough player from the youth squad to be the fourth cd? I’m sure we do. Otherwise when are these young kids gonna get a chance?

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  27. Jaymo

    Next season will be a cracking one (from a neutrals perspective)

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  28. Neil

    Apparently Alex Ferguson has retired to devote more time to his favourite race horse……Rio Ferdinand.

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  29. JStarrr

    How about we save a couple of these average targets, add it to Jovetics bid….and then buy someone like Falcoa or Lewandoski…or even Cavani

    Game changer anyone?

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  30. Anon.

    Please Arsene do not buy Williams, he is how old and you want to buy HIM (of all the defenders to choose from). Come on I don’t need this from you guys. I am sadly starting to see us becoming like Liverpool buying people like Charlie Adam and Joe Cole.

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  31. LoCkAy

    I am an Arsenal fan and not a great admirer of Ferguson, but I have to acknowledge his accomplishments…

    I don’t understand why some fans are still having critical words and statements over his reign… That’s a bit rich from us when we know damn well that we are not near Man United quality.

    We should worry more about what is going on at the club and what will be done in order to push for next season.

    I mean Man united fans must be laughing at us when they read our comments…!!

    We have been losers for 8 years ( and counting ) and we have the audacity to give our opinion about Ferguson achievement.

    Thankfully we still Arsenal fans who have a clear head and can still see that we are not all that.

    I hope Wenger and the rest of Arsenal structure will have a bit of pride and take advantage of the fact that Man United will be in a transitional period to make our mark and go for the title…!!

    Well, those suggestions are only hopes as it seems that we might have the same bullocks again next season.

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  32. eliot

    @HJM80. And if we do give them kids a chance, folks will say ‘when are we gonna spend big? We don’t want kids?’

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  33. Arsenal Hug

    Djourou or Squilaci has not impressed us. It is a fact Arsenal need another central defender. Williams could be the one but 10m is too much for him. I am optimistic Verminator will recover his form.

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  34. JackFrost

    its not just about transfers. arsenal need to change the tactics. what i noticed is that arsenal have no urgency in scoring. they keep on passing the ball around. they need to at least shoot the ball from outside the box rather than pass the ball around

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