Arsenal Re-Ignite Interest In £12m Swansea City Defender Ashley Williams

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could reignite his interest in Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams after Thomas Vermaelen was ruled out for three months with a back injury according to the Metro.

The Belgian defender will not be available for selection until mid-October after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back.

The injury leaves Wenger with just two reputable central defenders in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny after Sebastien Squillaci was given a free transfer and Johan Djourou was sent to Hamburg on-loan.

This shortage at the back may see the French boss reviving his interest in the Welsh international having earlier been knocked back in his attempts to sign the 28-year-old.

Williams has impressed for the Jacks during his two seasons in the Premier League and that has created interest from some of the top clubs in England with Liverpool also known admirers.

The Gunners reportedly agreed personal terms with the defender before failing to reach a settlement with the South Wales side over a fee but they could now return with an improved offer after having their hand forced by Vermaelen’s absence.

Wenger values the former Stockport defender at £10m but Swansea are asking for nearer to £12m which the long-serving Gunners manager could now extend towards.

Swans boss Michael Laudrup is determined not to lose his star defender before the season kicks off and even handed Williams the team captain armband in an attempt to keep him at the Liberty Stadium.

However with the prospect of Champions League football at the Emirates Stadium any confirmed interest from North London could prove hard to resist.

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