Ashley Williams has impressed many with his solid performances in defense for the club and has been consistent over the past couple of seasons, which is the exact trait that has caught the attention of Arsenal along with initial interest from Liverpool.
Boss Arsene Wenger has identified the 28-year old as an ideal man to bulk up his defense as his team look to wrap up all their transfer business quickly and ready themselves as early as possible in order to put in a strong challenge for major honors next season.
Wenger is interested in bringing Williams at the Emirates Stadium in the next few weeks as he thinks that the defender can provide a suitable cover for and challenge the pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for a place in the starting 11.
It must be noted that the possible arrival of Williams at Arsenal could more or less spell the end of club captain Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian started last season as first-choice center back, however a few unfortunate errors at the back over the course of the season has seen Wenger lose faith in him. As a result, he has been relegated to the bench and is now chosen behind Mertesacker and Koscielny.
The duo had a very strong end to the season and were a major factor in Arsenal edging out rivals Tottenham Hotspurs for a place in the top 4. This could possibly see them retain their place as the first choice partnership at the start of next season, which means that Williams simply cannot expect to walk into the starting 11 if and when he joins Arsenal. His work will already be cut out for him, which will be to displace either Mertesacker or Koscielny out of the first team.
Metro reports that the Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed that there have been no talks held between him and Arsenal, but despite that, a transfer is strongly expected to take place in the upcoming coming weeks. We will keep you abreast of any developments in this story.