Williams the man to shore up Gunners defence

Arsene Wenger has identified Swansea captain, Ashley Williams as the man to add some steel to his fragile backline according to Daniel Taylor of the Guardian.

The big centre half has played a huge role in the rise and rise of Swansea in recent years, culminating in their victory over Bradford in the Capital One Cup final recently.

Wenger believes Williams, who also captains his country Wales, is the man that can instil some confidence and organisation into his defence. Strangely something that experienced internationals Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen seem unable to do.

The Gunners were cut open with embarrassing ease twice inside the first half by Tottenham on Sunday. The lack of understanding and unity among the Arsenal back four has been a problem for the entire season.

No Champions League a real possibility

They are now five points behind fourth placed Chelsea with 10 games remaining. For the first time in his reign as manager, Wenger is facing the serious possibility that his side won’t qualify for the Champions League.

The Frenchman’s current team is without the flair and pace upfront that his previous sides have been able to rely on. A step back to basics may be the way forward for the club.

If Wenger, assisted by Steve Bould, can build a secure back four like the one he inherited in 1996, then Arsenal still have enough attacking options to mount a serious attack on their London rivals and the Manchester giants next season.