Arsenal favourites to sign Jonny Evans – but who would buy Theo Walcott?

There was much speculation in the summer that both Arsenal and Man City were very keen on signing the West Brom captain Jonny Evans, and it looks like these rumours are surfacing again. There is no doubt that Arsenal need to reinforce their faltering defence with Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal getting on in years, and Per Mertesacker retiring at the season’s end.

According to the bookie Betstars, Arsenal are favourites to sign the ex-Man United star. BetStars spokesman Ian Marmion said: “Jonny Evans is a player who is expected to be in high demand in the upcoming transfer window, with a number of clubs setting their sights on the experienced Premier League defender.

“Arsenal are the 15/8 favourites to sign the Northern Ireland international after being knocked back by West Brom last summer.

“Arsene Wenger will be looking to add defensive reinforcements to his squad in January and the Baggies man is rumoured to be at the top of his wish-list.

“However, the Gunners will face tough competition from their Premier League rivals Man City who are also interested in recruiting the former Manchester United defender.”

I would think that the Gunners need Evans more than City at the moment, but it would be a desperate move by Arsene Wenger if he went for the 29 year-old, especially as he will not come cheap….

The other big rumour this morning is that Wenger has told Theo Walcott that he can leave in January if he can get an acceptable offer, with West Ham and his old club Southampton said to be interested. Walcott simply can’t get anywhere near the Arsenal first team now and if he still harbours any hope of getting in the England team for the World Cup he will need to move straight away. But are those clubs are willing to match his extraordinary wages that he gets from Arsenal…



  1. ks-gunner says:

    We will find someone, we should also aim for Shaqiri as a replacment as he is way to good to waste his time at Stock

    Jonny Evans if he wants tplay? Arsenal is the place tp go, if money is the aim than bye

    1. McLovin says:

      Shaqiri is extremely inconsistent…

      1. Sukhjot Gunner says:

        Inconsistent and behind he’s already has the form of his life at bayern,and I’m sure that he won’t reach that kind of level again.

  2. gotanidea says:

    Jonny Evans is already 29 years old, whereas Arsenal need to rejuvenate their defensive department. They had better splash the money on Virgil Van Dijk, which is still 26 years old.

    Hopefully Walcott is willing to move and some clubs would be willing to get him in January, because he will not be able to replace Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck, Wilshere and Iwobi, to play behind the striker. Maybe Nelson could play better than Walcott in Sanchez’s or Ozil’s position, otherwise there are other attacking midfielders available in January, such as Moura, Rafinha, Turan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Adama Traore, etc.

    1. Kenny Rolfe says:

      And to think the old grey fox turned down a 25 £million bid from Liverpool just a couple of years ago, then gave him a pay rise to be the new Thierry Henry, comical

    2. funkyrith says:

      Virgil Van Dijk is much hyped. a 70m defender? It sets a bar way above the rest, and he is not at all among top 10 CBs

  3. Sukhjot Gunner says:

    Evans is a good defender but I guess we need a relatively young and mobile CB as we lack real pace in that positionso I think we should go for a young defender who has proven himself already such as ZOUMA OR EVEN VARANE. I know we are not in a better state than chelski or rmd but the lure of more regular football could perhaps tempt them to come here. Walcott will easily be signed by one of the mid table clubs…

  4. jon fox says:

    Jonny Rotten Evans? No way on Gods earth should we buy this proven third rater for any price, even for free, which he would not be, in any case. As for Walcott, the scrap man would pay a fiver for scrap. And scrap is what he is, though personally I would drop the S from scrap! The thought that this 12 year long shirker MIGHT actually leave in Jan and thus stop us completly wasting his wages of £5 plus million a year is actually a great thrill to all realists , like me. If we are even remotely thinking of shopping in the Evans standard shop windows then we may as well all give up all hope of ever getting success right now.

  5. Mitch Connor says:

    Lord have Mercy. Wenger will never ever change! We are muggs to believe otherwise

    We should be going for defenders like Hummels, Howedes, Shakiri, Van Dijk, Verane, Godin, Bonnuci etc.

    By getting Evans (if that happens) we will not be getting up to Spurs level (Alderweild and Vertonghen) let alone United, City and Chelsea level.

    Gabriel left, Mertsacker is leaving. Mustafi is good but not at Koscielny level. Koscielny is getting older. Chambers and Holding still need to improve. Monreal is a LB who is doing admirably in CB position.

    If we want to ever compete with the big boys, we need to get big players.

    1. jon fox says:

      Well said Mitch. How come you know it, I know it, countless thousands of dyed in the wool other Gooners know it BUT Wenger, on £8.9 million a year, with an economic degree and called the Professor, has not the IQ to know it too! But of course, in his famous quote a year or so ago, “we all have NEVER managed for even 24 hours but he has managed for half a lifetime,” so he must be right and we all must be wrong! I am increasingly coming round to the opinion – based on all the last decades evidence – that he is a secret Spuds fan, masquerading in our camp, actively aiming to destroy us. Though this is clearly sarcasm from a dyed in the wool Gooner(me), if you came down from Mars , knew nothing about football, but looked PURELY at how our club is being managed, administered and owned AND THEN compared that to the Spurs hierarchy, you could well seriously believe that. I have to conclude he is just insane or senile or both. Watch the dislikes I now get from the AKB’s, which are though a fast dying breed.

      1. Jibs says:

        I love your use of caps lock. It really helps you make your point.

        1. jon fox says:

          Jibs. Thats true and thanks for noticing. Others are of course also free to use emphasis – as we all do in actual speech when making a point – but few choose to do so. Many of my posts are longer with a full explanation, thus needing emphasis at times. Though it is easy to overdo it and lose it’s effectiveness. And some unthinking folk even condemn one for doing so in print. It is possible to learn how to use words effectively but first you need to know how to spell and punctuate, which is not everyones strong point. At times , borne of sheer frustration, I have been driven , against my better side, to call out posts which have no punctuation whatever. I am certainly not an English professor and do not write perfectly but there should be at least basic limits I feel, if the point is to be adequately made and more importantly , to be understood. Typos though are unimportant.

  6. Midkemma says:

    I would like to see AFC get VVD and offer Holding on loan as a sweetener, even throwing in next season as a loan as well (if the stay in EPL), Holding could do well with them and develop nicely.

    I would trust Chambers more and I think he could surprise a lot of you and if given the chance, I think he could make that right sided CB pos his own, he has experience at CB and RB while also playing a bit of CM… that experience at his young age along with how he performed on loan… I want to see the kid given more time.

    I do think Mustafi is a top CB, he has bad moments and they are very costly but he has quality and with quality around him in the shape of CBs of VVD ilk then I think he can become a massive figure for us, cutting out those costly errors.

  7. shark says:

    Judging by the way our defence is showing right now, Evans is more than needed but I would prefer a younger CB like Rugani or Koulibaly or someone else between 23-27 years old. Gabriel would have been good now but Wenger only likes to lie to us that the squad has enough depth.

  8. jermaine bryan says:

    Would it not make sense to get de vrij or gimenez? Both under 25 years very good cb … we can get them on pre agreement in January eg koloscinac so that they replace the departing debuchy and Mertesacker in the summer without spending a penny

  9. GB says:

    Clubs will queue up to by Theo as you will see in January.

    1. GB says:

      Buy not by!,

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