West Brom boss Alan Pardew revealed yesterday that Baggies centre-back Jonny Evans has attracted the interest of big clubs, which has fanned the flames of a move to Arsenal this month. The Baggies boss also stated the defender has picked up a hamstring injury that could scupper a move in the next few days.
Pardew told BT Sport: “Jonny is being approached by big clubs,”
“As yet, we haven’t got an offer that’s right for a player of his quality, which he showed tonight.
“He was playing with what looked like a hamstring [injury]. We’ll have to wait and see but that might affect that decision. That’s what the window is about – it’s a moving fast and you have to react.”
Arsenal have long been linked with a move for the Northern Ireland international. In fact, the Gunners were linked with a move for the 30-year-old prior to his move to the Hawthorns from Manchester United.
Manchester City were also reportedly interested in signing the defender, but look set to seal a big money deal for Athletic Bilbao star Aymeric Laporte instead.
Evans has been a highly consistent performer for the club from the Midlands since his arrival. The former United star is regarded as a very good no-nonsense centre-back, who is a very good leader. Evans also has the experience of winning three Premier League titles with the Red Devils, which could prove to be a valuable asset.
Arsenal have been short of leaders in recent seasons. The Gunners current crop of centre-backs has been highly unconvincing at times during the last few seasons. The fact that Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal had to be converted to a centre-back says a lot about Arsene Wenger’s centre-back options.
The big question about Arsenal signing Jonny Evans is whether he is any better than the players already at the club. I am not so sure. His age would also be slightly concerning for me. I know he could play on for another five years or so and he has never relied on pace, but still not so sure.
I have mixed feelings about Evans joining Arsenal. It would be a good move for the player. I am not sure if his presence in the Gunners backline would add that much. I just cannot decide if he would be a good signing or not.
Do you believe Jonny Evans would be a good signing for Arsenal?