With Arsenal's Belgian defender tipped to leave the club in the summer, Wenger has reportedly already identified a Swansea man as his replacement.
While Arsenal's first-choice defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny has been one of the standout duos of this year's Premier League, cover for Arsene Wenger's back-four has looked like something that would need some work come the summer.
And amid reports that club captain Thomas Vermaelen is looking to move on in search of a more regular playing role, Wenger has reportedly returned to a player he has been linked with for several transfer windows to replace the Belgian.
Swansea's captain Ashley Williams has been an almost ever-present in the Welsh club's Premier League adventure, missing just 5 league games in three years. He has long been on Arsenal's radar as a possible defensive reinforcement, and if Vermaelen does indeed leave, the Mail reports he will be the first man Wenger will turn to.
The paper reports that Williams almost joined Arsenal last season, having met officials from the club on two occasions before the end of the summer transfer window. That transfer was reportedly eventually scuppered as a result of the Gunners' focus on the Mesut Ozil deal.
Williams has just one more season left on his contract come May, and at 29, is described as eager to play for one of the Premier League elite. But a quick look at the stats below may indicate Arsene Wenger should also be considering Williams' fellow Swansea centre-back Chico.
Below we look at some of the key areas Williams has excelled in this season, and it is noticeable that Chico comes out on top of Williams in a couple of key areas:
The Welshman is in the top 10 defenders in terms of total defensive clearances, and compared to the height of the others in the list is by far the most effective given his slightly smaller stature.
|Damien Delaney||Crystal Palace||270||30||2,655|
|Jonas Olsson||West Brom||254||26||2,291|
Williams is also just outside the top ten defenders when it comes to interceptions. Here, his Swansea teammate is top of the list - with over three interceptions per game. Interestingly, Arsenal defender Koscielny features prominently after his outstanding season.
|Joel Ward||Crystal Palace||DF||74||29||2,610|
|Damien Delaney||Crystal Palace||DF||68||30||2,655|
When it comes to accurate passes, Swansea are up there with the very best - and both Chico and Williams have been superb this season, with both in the top four players in the entire league.
|Yaya Touré||Man City||MF||1,863||28||2,420|
|Michael Carrick||Man Utd||MF||1,452||24||2,008|