Arsene Wenger has had an early setback this summer as Thomas Vermaelen will miss out the opening few rounds of the Premier league after being ruled out of the club’s pre-season tour of Asia. And reports suggests that Wenger is now looking to turn the heat in his pursuit of Swansea defender Ashley Williams as he has no choice left but to sign a central defender with only Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker by his side as first team regulars.
Having shown the door to Squillaci and Djourou at the start of the transfer window, Arsenal are now in a situation that signing a defender looks as important as getting a world class striker. And after reports from Skysports and Express confirming the news, it is believed that Arsene Wenger will do the same.
Moreover, Swansea are also anticipating a bid for Williams, who appears to be keen on a switch to the London club.
The defender, who started the season with a couple of poor games, found his feet as the season progressed and proved to be a wall for the Swans. He has great tackling ability and can pull off some amazing long passes, which will come in handy for any team. He is also a leader and can give instructions to keep an organized defence. Although, Williams will not be an improvement over Koscielny and Mertesaker, he sure is a great option to have in the bench. With Vermaelen’s poor form and injury woes, the centre back will definitely get his chances with the first team.
In other news, Oxlade-Chamberlain is happy to see his team mate Jack Wilshere fully fit again. Part of Arsenal’s British core, the Winger has hailed his Arsenal colleague and claims that a fully fit Wilshere is as good as a new Arsenal signing.
Oxlade-Chamberlain in an interview with the London Evening Standard, said:
“Jack is back in training and looking really good. He is obviously coming away with us on tour today and the fact he is looking so strong is good news for Arsenal and England.
“Hopefully, he can stay fit because he is an amazing player and can add a lot to our team. Is he the best kind of signing we can make? Yes.
“Everyone is important. Whenever you lose someone it dents the team in some way. If we can keep him fit, it will give us a lot more options and enhances competition for places.
“One thing I have realised as he’s gone through this, he is a much stronger character on and off the pitch. He has learned from it and has become a better man for it. He does a lot of stuff now to prevent these things from happening.
“He works really hard and is the first one in and last one out of training. To come through something like that, having not been able to play for 17 months and always stay positive, is really mentally challenging but he did that really well. Last season he had a good stint in the team and now he is pushing on again.”
Wilshere who returned to regular first team action last October having spent almost 17 months on the treatment table, suffered further set backs last season and ended up having another minor surgery. However, things look good for the midfielder after a well a deserved rest and jetted off with the rest of the Arsenal squad for their pre-season tour to Asia.