Arsene Wenger is running out of time to sign a centre-back, and he is now likely to be unsuccessful in his pursuit of Jonny Evans, according to the Sun.
Arsenal had identified the West Brom veteran as a shock transfer target, but the Baggies don’t want to let him go.
The Gunners will be without captain Per Mertesacker until the new year through injury, leaving them hopelessly lacking in leadership at the back.
Despite the severity of the situation, Wenger is reluctant to throw money at players and is only offering £16million for the Northern Irishman, nowhere near enough for West Brom to be tempted.
Laurent Koscielny should be match-fit soon and that should alleviate Arsenal’s problems, but it’s still frankly astonishing that they haven’t signed an experienced defender yet.
While Evans may not be as popular a target among the fans as Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi, he does have Premier League experience, something the Germany international does not boast.
It’s thought the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool may have stunned Wenger into action, but in fact, he’s still being as stingy as ever when it comes to strengthening his squad.