Ashley Williams flattered by Arsenal interest

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Swansea City captain Ashley Williams is flattered to be linked with a move to Premier League outfit Arsenal, but the Welshman admits that his only focus is on The Swans’ upcoming season.

The Gunners made a formal approach for Williams back in January but Arsene Wenger was turned away by Michael Laudrop as the Swans manager was adamant that the defender was not for sale half-way through the season.

Laudrop told Wenger to make another bid in the summer, but the Frenchman was put off by the £10million price tag that was put on Williams' head.

However, he may be forced to renew his interest in the Swansea centre-back after his captain, Thomas Vermaelen, picked up a serious back injury which could see him ruled out for up to three months.

Talking to Sky Sports News, Williams admitted that being linked with a move to a club like Arsenal is a huge compliment, but he is only focused on his own football and his current club Swansea.

"It means you're doing something right and people are talking about you at least. I take it as a compliment," said Williams.

"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.

"I'm working hard trying to talk things through with the squad and the manager on the field, and trying to iron out a few things for the season.

"I don't know how you can go out there and not take it seriously. In terms of team selection, that's up to the gaffer, but if he's taking it seriously, then we all will.

"We'll just try and have a bit of fun and see where we can go with it. The league is our bread and butter, but any competition we're in we try and go as far as we can."


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