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Arsenal have launched an enquiry for Jonny Evans but are yet to submit a bid to West Brom

Arsenal have launched an enquiry for Jonny Evans but are yet to submit a bid to West Brom

Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, is thought to be open to meeting West Brom's asking price and Arsenal could also offer right back Mathieu Debuchy as part of the package.

United sold Evans to West Brom for £6 million rising to £8 million in August 2015, since when he has impressed for club and country.

The Albion skipper is being heavily linked with Arsenal and Manchester City following a protracted saga over the summer, with Alan Pardew admitting that he may have to wave goodbye to the Northern-Irishman this month.

Indeed, Evans has a winning mentality cultivated at Old Trafford following a return of three Premier League titles, three League Cup and the Fifa World Club Cup during nine years at Manchester United.

"It's quite simple. Our offensive game has been outstanding but defensively we have not had the stability that we need to have to win the games", Wenger said.

Evans was part of the West Brom side that recently sealed a valuable point against Arsenal
Evans was part of the West Brom side that recently sealed a valuable point against Arsenal

And while the French tactician was typically coy on Arsenal's interest, Wenger was quick to point to the fact that, in a straight bidding war, the North Londoners would be "second best" to runaway Premier League leaders City.

"It would only be philosophical to talk about [Evans] as long as we do not have any agreement with anybody", he said. It is also reported that Manchester City are sniffing around the 30-year-old centre half. Jonny is a top player, other clubs were interested in him in the summer.

"If the decision comes to finances against Manchester City, we know we will be second best".

An interesting sub-plot centres around Alexis Sanchez since City are likely to bring forward plans to sign the Chile striker this month following a knee injury to Gabriel Jesus that could keep the Brazil forward out for two months.

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