As transfers go, this one could be pretty much perfect. Arsenal need a new centre-half, and West Brom are in desperate need of reinforcements as their campaign is threatening to end in relegation from the Premier League this season.
It has been reported in recent days that Arsenal are looking to sign West Brom’s Jonny Evans with the defensive failings of the side constantly threatening to derail the team. Perhaps the ex-Manchester united centre-back can provide some solidity to a team that has looked so weak at the back at multiple points throughout the campaign.
West Brom have also been linked with a defender, with Mathieu Debuchy apparently on their radar. The Arsenal outcast is in need of a switch to revitalise his career as he has barely featured for the side this season.
Of course, Evans may be one of West Brom’s prized possessions, but a swap deal for Debuchy as a direct replacement along with money could sway the side. In fact, their position in the table, in which they are 19th, four points short of safety, indicates that they are in desperate need of something different.
The Baggies are also the second-lowest scorers in the league with 16 goals, and the excess money they could get for Evans can be reinvested in a new striker, and perhaps the goals that may save their season.
For Arsenal, Evans could be the man to slot into their defence and provide the no-nonsense presence that they have been missing for some years, which may help them to close the gap on those above them.
While Arsenal are not a side renowned for spending vast amounts of money, the club should look at Liverpool’s acquisition of Virgil van Dijk. The defender is a fine player, but he cost the club £75 million, something Arsenal simply would not be seen spending.
Evans, who is a tried and tested centre-half in the league, may only cost a few million pounds and a player that is barely even on the peripherals of the squad. If the club is given the option of trading Debuchy and a few million for Evans, they would be fools not to take it.