It’s been a busy January for the north London giants and after their horror-show at the Liberty Stadium, it’s no surprise that Arsenal returned to the West Midlands in a bid to bolster their back four.
Arsène Wenger was left seething after his side threw away a one-goal lead to lose 3 – 1 at Swansea City and in desperation, looked to resurrect the club’s long-standing interest in the West Brom centre-back.
31-year-old Evans missed the Baggies trip to another of his suitors, Manchester City, suffering from a hamstring injury according to Albion boss Alan Pardew.
It’s understood that Arsenal initiated discussions with the West Brom hierarchy this afternoon but the two clubs valuation of the Northern Ireland international were too far apart for a deal to progress.
Pardew made no secret to his opposition to a late deal, claiming recently that any bid would need to be made three days before the transfer window closed so that the Baggies could land a suitable replacement.
It looks like his fears of losing the sturdy centre-back are unfounded. Evans will remain at the club until the end of the season when Albion face losing him for just £3m if they are relegated.
The attempt to stay in the top flight is worth the sacrifice of lost fees in the eyes of the Albion bank manager.