Monday 1 August 2016

Arsenal Target Ashley Williams Set To Sign For Everton

Although Rob Holding has done okay in the two pre-season games he has been involved in, Wenger has confirmed he would like to bring in a centre back before the Liverpool game. And it is quite understandable as to why Wenger may want another centre back.

Rob Holding is green and can't/shouldn't be trusted for a whole season, especially with Per Mertesacker set to miss the first five months of the new season. We have so far been linked with the signing of three centre backs, ever since news emerged that Mertesacker could be out for an extended period. Jonny Evans, Ashley Williams and Shkodran Mustafi have all been linked with a move to the Emirates before the end of the transfer window.

However, Ashley Williams can be ticked off the list as according to reports, as Everton have moved quickly to sign the Wales international. According to the report, Everton have agreed a £10 million deal with Swansea to sign the 31-year-old centre back.

According to Express, the player has agreed personal terms with Ronald Koeman's Everton and is likely to undergo a medical with Everton in a couple of days from now. To me this is good news for Arsenal. The reason I think that is we should be aiming to sign someone younger and better than Ashley Williams.

With Mertesacker clocking 32 by September and Koscielny already 30-years-old, we should be aiming to bring in someone between 25-26 years old and not someone as old as those we are trying to replace. This is not saying Williams is a bad centre back, but at 31 years of age, he is certainly not going to be around for too long.

We should by all means go out for someone like Mustafi; he has the experience having played at the World Cup and the European Championships with Germany. His wealth of experience will be useful for Arsenal and, according to Valencia Extra, he is available for just €25 million - which is unlike the initial reports, claiming he can only be signed fro €30 million plus €8 million in add-ons.

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