The Wales and Swansea center back has been linked with the Arsenal through out the summer with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger actively seeking new recruits before the transfer window closes.
Williams believes that the speculation has to be viewed as a compliment to his performances for Swansea in the Premier League, but refuses to take anything more from the transfer rumors.
According to Mirror, he said :
Its all 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.
I just take it as a compliment. You must be doing something right, whether it’s true or not. I try to leave it there.
All players with any kind of ambition want to see how high they can get, whether that’s with their team – which has been the case with me at Swansea – or whatever really.
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If I sat here and said I didn’t want to play in the Champions League, that’d be a lie.
But at the same time, 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.
As professionals, like you guys, you want to see how far you can go in your career and competing for titles is where everyone wants to be. However you get there is a different story.
Arsenal are thought to be in the market for a new defender after manager Arsene Wenger saw injuries mounting on Arsenal’s back line this summer with both Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal ruled out for the start of the new season, meaning the Gunners will be light in defence.
He would fit seamlessly into the line-up as he is technically sound and reads the game very well. No matter who he starts alongside, Williams would be a good fit and a powerful defender is just what Arsenal need. Wenger reportedly bid £6 million earlier in the summer but Swansea are keen to retain their captain and value him at around £12 million. His price may be high for a 28 year old but Arsenal will get full value for the money spent.
He might not contribute much offensively but he doesn’t need to as Arsenal only need a accomplished defender who could keep attackers at bay. It remains to be seen whether Wenger will meet the club’s valuation.
What say Gooners?