Swansea City centre back Ashley Williams, linked with a summer move to Arsenal along with a host of other clubs, has been offered a new contract by the Welsh side.
Wales Online have reported that Swansea City captain and centre back Ashley Williams is now in talks to extend a contract that is due to expire at the end of next season.
Former Hednesford Town and Stockport County man Williams, who has been a stalwart of Swansea’s rise into the Premier League, has been linked with the likes of Napoli, Sunderland, QPR and Arsenal by the media in recent weeks.
His pace and ability to bring the ball out from the back, as well as the fact that he qualifies as a home-grown player for European competition, has alerted Arsene Wenger as he looks to secure reliable back-up to his first choice partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
Williams must balance the opportunity to move to a much bigger club alongside the fact that he is a key man at Swansea City, with any new deal likely to keep Williams as one of the highest earners at the Liberty Stadium along with Michu and Wilfried Bony.
He arrived in South Wales from Stockport in 2008, going on to become a mainstay of both the Swansea City side and the Wales back line at international level, a level of importance he may not be given were he to make the move to North London.