Swansea star Williams flattered by Arsenal interest and reveals Champions League aspirations

Arsenal target Ashley Williams has admitted that he does want to play in the Champions League, opening the door to progress his proposed move to the Emirates according to The Mirror.

However, Williams was also keen to reiterate his happiness at Swansea and refused to take a similar stance to other players in an attempt to force through a move.

With the Gunners set to feature without Thomas Vermaelen for the start of the season, manager Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in defensive reinforcements and finally start landing some of the players who have been linked with the Emirates over the summer – and £12m rated Williams is a name that has long-since been linked with a move to north London.

Arsenal’s previous £6m offer was rejected by Swansea, with the Welsh-based club holding out for double that amount, but Williams’ admission that he would be open to the move could tempt Frenchman Wenger to make another move to get his man.

Williams said of Arsenal’s reported interest: “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.

“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.”

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