In Focus: Evans can add defensive depth to Arsenal but isn’t a long-term solution

As reported by The Daily Mail, Arsenal have made initial enquiries to West Bromwich Albion about signing their star centre-back Jonny Evans this January.

What’s the story?

One of the key failings of Arsenal’s bid for a top four position in English Premier League this season has been their defensive vulnerability, conceding more goals than all six of the other teams currently in the top seven.

In order to help solve that, it seems Arsene Wenger is ready to add experience to his defensive line with a move for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans.

The Daily Mail report Arsenal have already made enquiries for the Northern Ireland international, who is rated at £13.5m by Transfermarkt.

The paper say that the Gunners are in competition with the likes of Manchester City and Everton for the 30-year-old’s signature.

Is he the kind of signing that can help turn around Arsenal’s faltering defence?

Is he the answer?

It’s fair to say Jonny Evans wouldn’t be the most fashionable of signings this January if he makes the switch to the Emirates.

In a transfer market where value is placed on youth and potential, it would be out of the ordinary for Wenger to make a move for a veteran Northern Irish defender.

However unfashionable he may be, Evans is a functional, accomplished defender and with over 225 Premier League appearances to his name is one of the most experienced in the top flight.

He may not be a long-term solution to Arsenal’s woes but while they search for the next elite, young defender, in the short-term Evans can undoubtedly do a job for the Gunners, offering the kind of grit and determination that is currently lacking in their defensive set-up.