Swansea's Ashley Williams has shown good form and real resilience against big Premier League sides this season and Arsenal can only benefit from the 28-year-old’s experience at the back if they make a move for him in the summer as reports suggest.
The Arsenal defence looked solid at the start of the season, and going seven games unbeaten the appointment of Steve Bould as defensive coach looked to have been a stroke of genius. But it didn’t last long and the Gunners’ defence went into a downward spiral similar to the form they showed last season.
Per Mertesacker is a good aerial defender and effective in set pieces but he is simply to slow to successfully defend fast-paced attacks. Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen who used to be the beacon of light in the Arsenal back four has recently put on very average performances, making silly mistakes and conceding goals that should never have been.
Since breaking two legs last season, Bacary Sagna has struggled to find his old form for Arsenal. He has reportedly refused to sign a 12 month extension to his existing contract and is expected to leave the club in the summer.
Sagna’s young understudy Carl Jenkinson had a shaky start when first joining The Gunners in 2011 but has since improved considerably in defence as well as in an attacking capacity. But the former Charlton Athletic player will need competition for the right back position once Sagna leaves.
New signing Nacho Monreal looks to be a quality player and reliable in defense. He has also shown purposeful attacking, providing a few telling crosses since joining the Gunners in January and when Gibbs recovers from injury the left-back position will be well competed with two class players.
However, the Swansea and Welsh National captain, Ashley Williams is a born leader and a very effective defensive organiser – exactly what Arsenal needs. He can play as a central defender or at right-back and Wenger should do all he can to sign the man who led Swansea to Capital One Cup honours this season.
Liverpool is reportedly also keen on the Welshman’s signature but Wenger should be able to land Williams if he is willing to shell out around £8 million for the 28-year-old.
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