Wenger Eyes Former United Defender After Mertesacker Injury

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Yes, we’ve reached that part of the summer again, where random transfer rumours circulate on a daily basis.

We’ve had the Tevez to Chelsea gossip lately as the transfer window reaches silly season, but the latest rumour from the conveyor belt links Arsenal with yet another player.

That player is West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans, who is reportedly the £15m target for the Gunners, as they look for defensive reinforcements.

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Arsene Wenger’s side are short at the back, after Per Mertesacker was ruled out for the rest of the year with a knee injury, leaving only Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel as recognised centre backs.

New signing Rob Holding is another who can play there, but given his lack of top flight experience, it’s doutbful that Wenger would want to throw him in on the opening weekend against Liverpool.

Experience is an area where Evans is not lacking. The Northern Ireland international played over 150 times for Manchester United, and won three Premier League titles along the way.

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He only joined West Brom last summer, and was a regular in Tony Pulis’ side last season but is now wanted by Wenger for a massive fee.

£15m is almost three times the price the Baggies paid for Evans last summer, but is seen as an alternative to the likes of Kostas Manolas and Shkodran Mustafi, who have both also been linked with a move to the capital.

Looks like silly season is here to stay…