Ideal Per Mertesacker Replacement? Arsenal Target Should Be Playing At ‘Top Six Club’, Argues Robbie Savage

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Could the Swansea captain leave in the summer?

Robbie Savage has described Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams as a ‘top six player’, and claims the central defender will move on to a bigger club at the end of the season.

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Savage heaped the praise on the 30-year-old, believing Williams to be one of the best defenders in the Premier League, who only last July committed his future to the Swans by signing a new three year contract.

“I’m surprised Ashley Williams is not playing for a top six side,” Savage told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I think Ashley Williams is a leader, he’s good on the ball, defends the near post very well and wins headers,” he continued.

“I’ll be surprised if he’s there next year. Do I think he’ll be there next season? If I was a top club I would buy him.”

The Wales captain was the subject of a £4m bid from Sunderland last summer, before signing a new deal. While Arsenal and Liverpool have also expressed their interest in recent seasons, but such rumours have diminished.

Arsene Wenger must surely consider a serious move for the accomplished Premier League defender, particularly with Per Mertesacker continuing to put in unconvincing performances for the Gunners in central defence.

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