Arsenal criticised for missing £3.5m bargain that would have solved Mikel Arteta problem


Arsenal have been questioned by Danny Simpson for failing to complete a deal for his former Leicester team-mate Jonny Evans. The ex-Manchester United man was available for just £3.5million following West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League in 2018.

Evans would instead stay in the Midlands and move to Leicester, where he has been a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ successful side, who could still blow Champions League qualification.

Arsenal made a move to sign Evans just six months before his move to the King Power Stadium, which is why it comes as a great surprise that the Gunners were willing to let the deal pass them by.

Simpson has claimed that Evans would have provided Arsenal with some experience at the back to help them organise, something that they’re in desperate need of under Mikel Arteta.

“When we have discussed Arsenal, it’s that leadership at the back,” Simpson told Stadium Astro.

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“I think a signing like that would have been a really good signing for Arsenal and they never seem to go for that kind of signing. Evans is a leader, good on the ball and he can defend.”

Arsene Wenger had attempted to bring Evans to the Emirates Stadium on deadline day in January 2018.

He launched a £12m bid for the Northern Irishman, with West Brom keen to keep hold of him in their battle to beat the top.

They would have accepted £20m though but Arsenal refused to up their offer.

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Wenger admitted the club wanted to do the deal but he did not have that kind of money available in the winter window.

“I said many times that we did what we wanted to do but not all that we wanted to do,” Wenger said when asked why the club did not bring in a defender.

“Basically it comes down to availability. He was not available at what we could afford.”

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