Arsenal reportedly failed with a last minute bid for West Brom’s Jonny Evans. The defender had been linked with the Premier League side throughout the transfer window, but the London side were not able to agree on a deal, with the Gunners in need of some defensive reinforcements.
Arsenal’s January transfer window turned out to be a positive one in the end despite losing one of their best players. Alexis Sanchez finally agreed to leave the Gunners as he joined Manchester United. He had been tipped to switch to Manchester City to rejoin Pep Guardiola, but a move did not materialise and he has instead moved to Jose Mourinho’s United.
In his place, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has become an Arsenal player after he had struggled to break into Mourinho’s side. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also agreed to move to the London club, and Arsene Wenger will be hoping that Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan can revive the partnership they had at Borussia Dortmund, with the two in deadly form together.
While Wenger continued to reinforce his attacking-line, he failed to add substance to his defence which has been very suspect this season. However, they were apparently keen on bringing in Jonny Evans, but Sky Sports have reported that the Gunners “failed with a late attempt to sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans”.
“The clubs did not even begin negotiating a deal as the fee Arsenal were willing to pay for Evans was so much lower than West Brom’s asking price”.
Evans would have added a very solid presence at the back, something that they desperately need after their backline was far too weak in their 3-1 loss at the hands of Swansea. The former-Manchester United player will be staying with the Baggies then, and Arsenal will have to wait until the summer to strengthen their defence.