Tracking Arsenal’s transfer activity over the summer was akin to going on a holiday that started off really well and then went horrifically wrong before some late events conspired to give it an upbeat finale.
However, there’s little escaping the fact that a number of high profile footballers turned down the opportunity to join Arsene Wenger’s squad for the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
Rumours are already well underway about who the Frenchman might aim to recruit in January; however, it appears that at least one of the club’s summer targets is now set to commit his future to his current team – having been astonishingly linked with the north London club late last month.
However, it’s doubtful that supporters will be too unhappy at this news.
Who are we talking about? None other than West Brom’s Jonny Evans…
Tuesday’s Telegraph reports that, in spite of the interest from Arsenal, the defender will earn himself a nice pay rise and contract upgrade in order to keep further suitors at bay in the immediate term.
Arsenal, of course, eventually landed German international Shkodran Mustafi – along with Rob Holding – to strengthen their defensive options but were believed to have at least made an enquiry about Evans’ availability, when a deal for the former looked like it might fail at the last minute.
Evans, for his part, registered another sterling display in the colours of Northern Ireland on Sunday evening and is considered a prized, not-for-sale asset at the Hawthorns. Arsenal fans, no doubt, will be relieved if the former Manchester United man stays exactly where he is…
Alternatively: Jonny Evans set for West Brom pay rise after Arsenal sign a superior defender. https://t.co/rTthRmyqgQ
— The Gooner Zone (@thegoonerzone) September 5, 2016
Telegraph claiming we "failed to sign" Jonny Evans as if we didn't bring in a World Cup winning CB instead https://t.co/Wj0y0a2XL7
— Will (@willsch7) September 5, 2016
Failed to sign Jonny Evans.
I don’t fucking think so.
If we wanted the fucker he’d be there. https://t.co/0Bpy4XpUme
— East Lower (@ArsenesGlasses_) September 5, 2016
Remember when we thought we'd sign Johnny Evans instead of Mustafi? ? #AFC
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) September 5, 2016
And, of course, there is always a flip side…
Arsenal fans still slating Jonny Evans, he's won the same amout of Premier League medals (3) as Arsenal have…
— PissOffPulis (@RyanPGlasgow) September 5, 2016