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Arsenal held talks with representatives of Swansea City defender Ashley Williams last week, Goal.comcan reveal.
Williams' camp visited the London club for discussions as Arsenal stepped up their interest in the centre-back.
The Gunners are ready to go head to head with Liverpool this summer in a bid to prise the £12 million-rated defender from Swansea.
Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the 28-year-old, who he believes has the calibre and battle-hardened Premier League experience to beef up a defence that has been found wanting against the leading clubs this season.