Arsene Wenger told Arsenal could sign established 30-year-old defender at “right price”

Mike Phelan backs Arsenal's pursuit of West Brom defender Jonny Evans in the January transfer window

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Mike Phelan believes Arsenal could tempt Jonny Evans to the Emirates Stadium if Arsene Wenger meets West Brom’s asking price.

The Northern Ireland international is one of the most experienced centre-halves in the Premier League following 10 seasons in the English top flight with Sunderland, Manchester United and West Brom.

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.

The 30-year-old was a key part of the Manchester United side that reached the Champions League final in 2009 before a 2-0 loss to Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona side in Rome.

Evans has been a rock in the heart of the West Brom defence in recent seasons after Louis van Gaal sanctioned the sale of the Northern Irish defender to the Baggies in the 2015 summer transfer window.

Former Manchester United number two Phelan backed Arsenal’s pursuit of Evans.

“I think Arsenal have said that if the right player comes along they will be looking into it,” Phelan told Sky Sports News on Monday.

“Jonny Evans is available, his contract is running out and West Brom might be in that way of thinking to move him and let him go at the right price.”

Arsenal lost 4-2 to Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

The Gunners have conceded 28 times in 22 games in the Premier League this season to leave the north London side five points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool FC in the race to secure a Champions League spot.

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