According to reports in the Evening Standard earlier this week, Arsenal are lining up a summer move for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans as they look to strengthen their defensive options, and he may be viewed as a potentialy replacement for Laurent Koscielny.
The Evening Standard says that the north London outfit have identified the 30-year-old, who is available for just £3m following the Baggies’ relegation to the Championship due to a clause in his contract, as a target despite not yet knowing who their new manager is going to be.
Meanwhile, Koscielny only has two years remaining on his Gunners contract and hasn’t looked as solid this season as he has previously, while he suffered an Achilles injury in the Europa League semi-final second leg defeat against Atletico Madrid last week that could potentially keep him on the sidelines until 2019.
We asked Arsenal fans to vote on our poll to see whether they thought Evans would be a good replacement for the France international in their team’s backline, but a huge 68% said he wouldn’t be.
That isn’t too surprising given the Northern Irishman has just been part of a defence that has been relegated from the Premier League, while at 30 years of age he is getting no younger, and those supporters may be expecting better if the club are to push on next season without Arsene Wenger.