Swansea City Captain Ashley Williams Flattered By Arsenal Interest

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The Swansea captain has been linked with a move to the Emirates all summer, with Arsene Wenger keen to strengthen his defence by signing the Welshman.

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Swansea defender Ashley Williams has admitted that he is flattered by the reported interest in him from Arsenal and says that he has ambitions to play at the highest level, Sky Sports reports.

Arsenal have been interested in Williams all summer but are said to have stepped up their attempts at signing the Welshman due to the clubs current problems at the back.

Manager Arsene Wenger will be without captain Thomas Vermaelen for the start of the season and bringing in Williams would ease the pressure on the Gunners defence.

Williams led Swansea to League Cup glory last season but admits that he would love the opportunity of playing in the Champions League at some point in his career.

The 28-year-old Wales international told the Daily Mirror: “It’s very flattering but you take it with a pinch of salt because you see a lot written and you never know what to make of it”.

“If I sat here and said I didn’t want to play in the Champions League, that’d be a lie. But I’d never disrespect a team I play for and say, ‘that’s it, I’m desperate to leave’, just after a story in the paper. I’d never do that or think that”.

Reports suggest that Swansea are desperate to keep hold of their captain, who has become one of the most impressive centre backs in the Premier League during his time at Swansea.

If the Gunners do want to sign Williams, they may have to pay around £10 million in order to land him.

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