Arsenal Transfer News: Players Who Could Save Arsene Wenger's Job

Ryan ClutterContributor IIIMarch 6, 2013

Ashley Williams is garnering interest from Arsenal.
Ashley Williams is garnering interest from Arsenal.Scott Heavey/Getty Images

There are bound to be some changes for an Arsenal squad that is struggling to find consistency this year.

The Gunners are sitting fifth in the Barclays Premier League standings with a record of 13-8-7. Most of their problems this season have come from the defensive side. 

In order to help manager Arsene Wenger stick around, Arsenal has to reload the defense that is getting torn up seemingly every match.

In recent years, the defense has been a strong point and was a big part of their success. Wenger's main reason for wanting to reconstruct the defensive components is the recent struggles of the central back pairing in the Premier League. 

Two full fledged internationals in Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker were sliced apart by their North London rivals' attack at the weekend, forcing Wenger to look to the transfer market for potential reinforcements come summer.

One of those players is Swansea captain Ashley Williams. Williams is an established defender and has been a key figure for Swansea during his time there.

According to Daniel Taylor of The Guardian, Wenger has identified the Wales captain as someone with great leadership qualities. 

Wenger has kept an eye on Williams and is set to make an £8 million offer, but he has some competition from clubs such as Liverpool, who are looking at Williams to replace a retiring Jamie Carragher.



If the Gunners can lock him up, his leadership will go a long way with the up-and-coming youth of the club. The defensive crisis has to be solved somehow and Williams will make a major impact for the Gunners. 

There’s also the fact that Arsenal hasn’t been scoring many goals as of late. There is talent on the roster, but Arsenal needs a midfielder capable of being a game-changer.

Enter Yohan Cabaye.

The Newcastle midfielder has had a quietly productive season with five goals in 17 Premier League matches.            

He is creative off the ball and has the versatility to play quality defense on the counter attack.

Just the type of player that Wenger likes, Cabaye is a terrific ball interceptor who is skilled at playing long balls.

The 27-year-old will come at a steep price, around £15 million, but it would be a worthy addition to a team struggling to play consistently.

Wenger has the support of the higher-ups in the organization, but one more sub-par season could be detrimental. He needs to field a contender.

There are a number of players linked to Arsenal, but adding players like Williams and Cabaye will help Wenger make a smooth transition into next season.