Arsene Wenger: Arsenal "second best" to Manchester City in any bidding war

Jonny Evans

Evans was linked with a move to Manchester City and Arsenal last summer, but West Brom managed to convince the former Manchester United defender to continue at the Hawthorns.

Northern Ireland centre-back Jonny Evans is a wanted man and any potential move away from West Brom may have moved a step closer.

The loss of Evans from the sinking ship this month would only serve to emphasis the belief that West Brom are heading to the foot of the seabed fast.

Evans had only to accept terms and pass the medical to become an Arsenal player but for a player of Evans age, the allure of playing for the best club in the Country was something that was obviously too hard to ignore.

The Gunners are in need of a new central defender with Per Mertesacker retiring and Laurent Koscielny, who is forever troubled by an Achilles problem, entering the twilight period of his career, but Wenger is anxious a deal for the £25m-rated Evans may be hijacked by fellow interested party Manchester City, who he admits can blow Arsenal out of the financial water.

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Gunners manager Arsene Wenger may be willing to ask his club to pay £25m to take the 30-year-old Northern Ireland global to Emirates Stadium. "I think the best thing is not to talk", Wenger said.

"Look, [the biggest challenge is] to see off any interest of any other club", he said.

City would be getting an experienced worldwide player who is proven in the Premier League and the underrated defender has improved since joining West Brom from Manchester United for £6m in 2015. Financially, if the decision comes to finances with Manchester City, we know we will be second best.

The Gunners are likely to lose Alexis Sanchez to City this month, with Wenger admitting that they are powerless in the face of the Manchester club's money.

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