can swans stick to their guns?
SWANSEA City are bracing themselves for a £35 million double swoop by Arsenal for Michu and Ashley Williams.
Reports in London suggest the duo have been targeted by under-fire boss Arsene Wenger — and he is ready to test Swansea's resolve with big-money offers.
The Frenchman is feeling the heat from Gunners supporters after a summer of relative inactivity in the transfer market.
Only 20-year-old striker Yaya Sanogo has arrived at the Emirates during a close season in which attempts to land the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luiz Gustavo failed, while Liverpool insist they will not sell Luis Suarez to them.
Wenger was heckled by fans on Saturday when Arsenal lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa.
They are demanding he spends money so the North London club can compete with the Premier League's big hitters.
Wenger, who has long been linked with Williams, is in the market for a centre-back and is also looking to add attacking reinforcements.
Michu caught the eye last season after a sensational first Premier League campaign in which he scored 18 goals.
But Michael Laudrup insisted last week that the man who arrived from Rayo Vallecano last summer would remain in South Wales.
"If you are not for sale, you are not for sale — and that's at any price," he said.
"I know it's all like a game of poker but from my point of view, I don't want Michu to leave for any amount in the world.
"I think Swansea are in a good financial position and I don't think if Arsenal came in with a big bid very late the reaction would be any different.
"Even if the money is ridiculous, the response from the chairman would be 'No' because we would not have time enough to find a replacement.
"The other problem is that if you sell your best player so late and you can't find a replacement, all you have is the money. So what?
"Anyway, I have not discussed this matter with anyone because I am convinced that Michu wants to stay with us.
"I spoke to him last year when there was talk and he asked me if I was going to stay on as manager. I told him 'Yes'.
"He told me he wanted to stay too."
And Huw Jenkins also stressed Williams's importance to Swansea.
The defender was signed from Stockport in 2008 and took over as captain this summer.
"Ash has grown with us. His performances and personality have grown with the club and he is a vital part of our team," said the chairman.
"He is a big part of our defence and now he is captain as well.
"He is a good leader to have at the club.
"As always, we want to keep those players and we hope he is with us for many years to come.
"We have had no phone calls about any of our players, and we hope that continues."
Swansea paid only £400,000 for Williams, while Michu arrived from La Liga in a £2.2 million deal.