Arsene Wenger has spoken out about the club failing to sign Jonny Evans in January.
The Northern Irishman is the captain of Alan Pardew’s side currently routed to the foot of the Premier League. However, the former Macnhester United centre-half as stepped up his game since leaving Old Trafford in 2015..
Arsenal were linked with a move for the West Brom defender throughout the month and made a late move to sign him on transfer deadline day. However, the Baggies turned down Arsenal’s £12 million offer and Evans remained at the Hawthorns.
Manchester City were also linked with a move for the three-time Premier League winner whose impressive showings for West Brom last season certainly didn’t go unnoticed by the league’s top sides.
After failing with their January dive, Arsene Wenger has revealed the reason why the club were unsuccessful.
Speaking in an interview with BT Sport (via 101GreatGoals), the Gunners boss said that following the big-money arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal simply couldn’t afford to pay the sum requested by West Brom for Evans:
‘I said many times that we did what we wanted to do but not all that we wanted to do.’
‘He was not available for what we could afford.’