By Will Butcher
Arsenal fans are becoming increasingly frustrated with the club’s transfer policy, after West Brom priced defender Jonny Evans at a whopping £25million.
It is believed that the north London side see the former Manchester United defender as an alternative if they fail to sign Valencia’s World Cup winning centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.
Arsene Wenger is in the market for a centre-back, after captain Per Mertersacker and Brazilian defender Gabriel both suffered long-term injuries.
Fans cannot believe that the Baggies quoted £25million for the Northern Ireland international who was surplus to requirements at Manchester United just 12 months ago.
Many are lamenting Wenger’s transfer policy as they believe that Arsenal wouldn’t have been quoted such a figure, had they declared their interest earlier in the window.
Here are a selection of the messages on Twitter:
So Arsenal are quoted £25m for Jonny Evans? If Wenger needed evidence that getting deals done early was cost effective, there it is 😳 #AFC
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) August 22, 2016
— Ryan (@Ryan_Rosee) August 22, 2016
— Cai Phillips (@thecaiphillips) August 22, 2016
Just seen 'Jonny Evans for £25m' trending……..
Crying myself to sleep tonight is inevitable. #AFC
— Puneet (@Puneetg97) August 22, 2016
#afc being asked £25m for Evans. Jeezo. Leave him at West Brom & play Holding.
— Johnny Schadenfreude (@HerbChapman) August 22, 2016
Evans has three years left on on a four-year deal he signed at the Hawthorns last summer. He possesses a wealth of Premier League experience after making 178 appearances in England’s top flight for Manchester United, Sunderland and his current side.
He has won the league three times and has also featured in 27 Champions League fixtures, winning the elite competition during the 2007-08 campaign.
In other Arsenal transfer news, this Ligue 1 defender could also be on Wenger’s centre-back shortlist.