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Arsenal didn’t sign Jonny Evans in January because of its pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to reports.
Evans was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the winter transfer window but a switch never materialised.
Since the end of the window there have been several stories as to why the move fell through. It’s been popularly claimed that Arsenal offered a bid of £10m but West Brom wanted closer to £25m.
The Gunners reluctance to meet the Baggies demands reportedly led to them abandoning the deal.
But now the Daily Mail via the Express says Arsenal chose to abandon Evans pursuit in order to focus on other targets.
Arsenal’s utmost priority in the January transfer window was to find a replacement for Alexis Sanchez who left for Manchester United, hence signing Mkhitaryan was actually of more importance to the club.
Man Utd were willing to allow Mkhitaryan move the opposite direction to ease Sanchez’s move, so Arsenal had to work on securing the Armenia international signature first and foremost.
Immediately after completing Mkhi’s signing, Arsenal had to turn its attention to Aubameyang, who was a deadline day arrival.
Signing the Gabonese was even more difficult than MKhitaryan as BVB weren’t willing to sell for a penny less than their £53m asking price.
It took the club until the last day of the window to reach an agreement with the Germans for the striker, leaving the club with no time to make a fresh move for Evans.
Wenger recently stated Arsenal couldn’t afford Evans at the price he was available for in the winter, hence the reason for the failed move. So I really don’t think these claims of having to focus on other players are valid.
Nothing would have stopped us from signing all theee players if we really wanted to. What do you think?