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Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal couldn’t afford Jonny Evans for the price he was available for in the January transfer window.
The West Brom defender was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the winter transfer window but a move failed to Materialise.
Pardew was vocal about club’s interests in his star players and warned that unless their valuation was met, they weren’t going to let him go. Wenger has now revealed he chose not to pay over the odds and as a result, a deal couldn’t be struck.
“I said many times that we did what we wanted to do but not all that we wanted to do,” he told BT Sport as quoted by Goal.
“He was not available for what we could afford.”
Having spent £56m on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it is logical that Arsenal balked at meeting West Brom’s demand. Auba’s arrival aside, it wouldn’t have made so much sense had the club decided to go all out for Evans.
The Baggies wanted around £25m for a defender who is already 30 and already has his best years behind him.
Not to mention that the defender also has a release clause that could see him be available for just £3m if they get relegated.
Despite Arsenal’s failure to keep a clean sheet since mid-December, I think the club made the right decision over Evans. For £25m, we need to be getting good value for money.