Arsenal's hopes of sealing the signature of Ashley Williams have been dealt a blow after the defender was announced as Swansea City's new club captain.
The 28-year-old - who has been heavily linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium this summer - will replace veteran Garry Monk as the Swans' official skipper from the start of 2013/14.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the Wales international to the Emirates Stadium for much of the transfer window, but could now miss out on the player in light of this announcement.
Williams's appointment gives the clearest indication yet that the centre-back will remain a focal part of manager Michael Laudrup's side next season, meaning that Arsenal will be forced to turn their transfer attentions elsewhere.
"It's a personal decision from myself," Monk told Swansea's official site. "The way I look at being a captain, you should consistently be on the pitch.
"Ash has been consistent on the pitch over a number of years. I've said a few times I've not played as much as I would have liked, but I've still contributed in a number of games.
"But, overall, I feel the team captain should be someone who is on there as a figure of continuity. Ash is that."
With two years still to run on his contract, Williams could now conceivably turn his back on Arsenal's advances and remain in South Wales, where he has enjoyed plenty of success over the past five-and-a-half-years.
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