Arsenal are set to intensify their interest in Swansea captain Ashley Williams, after finding themselves in a defensive crisis, reports the Daily Mail.
Williams has been an Arsenal target for a long time, with Arsene Wenger said to be a big admirer of the 28-year-old centre-back.
Arsenal had been in negotiations with Swansea over a move for Williams early in the transfer window, with the north London club agreeing personal terms with Williams, but the move fell through when the clubs failed to agree on a transfer fee.
Swansea demanded £10million for their captain, with Arsenal refusing to pay more than £8million, but Arsenal are now set to intensify their interest in the Welshman after captain Thomas Vermaelen was ruled out with an injury.
Vermaelen has been ruled out for a further six weeks after a back injury, leaving Arsenal with just two first-team centre backs in their squad, just two weeks from the start of the season.
Wenger will want to bring in Williams for as cheap as possible, but is likely to have to fork out the £10million that Swansea are holding out for.
A senior Arsenal scout was in south Wales on Thursday to watch Swansea's Europa League match with Malmo in which Williams sparkled, leading his club to a four goal victory.
Arsenal are set to offload a number of players this week, with Gervinho set to join Roma for a fee of £8million. Marouane Chamakh is set to complete a season-long loan to newly-promoted Crystal Palace and Nicklas Bendtner also on his way out of the club.
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