Charlie Nicholas questions why Arsenal ‘failed miserably’ to sign 30-year-old defender

The Arsenal legend questions why Arsene Wenger didn't sign Jonny Evans from West Brom in January

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Charlie Nicholas has criticised Arsenal’s failure to sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans in the January transfer window.

The Gunners enjoyed a largely successful month in the transfer market following some big-name additions and overdue departures.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed a move to Arsenal last month in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez make the switch to Manchester United.

Arsenal signed Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a £56m deal on transfer deadline day on Wednesday evening.

The Gunners managed to offload Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud in deals that were worth a reported £50m to the north London side.

While Arsenal signed 20-year-old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos in a £1.8m deal, the Gunners were unable to swoop for West Brom’s Evans.

The Northern Ireland international was linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester City but the ex-Manchester United defender ultimately remained at The Hawthorns.

Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas couldn’t disguise his disappointment that the Gunners didn’t sign the experienced centre-half.

“Defensively they are not up to scratch and you look at Manchester City, cruising at the top of the league, and Pep Guardiola sees his side still have a weakness so spends £60m on a defender,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“Arsenal have sold Francis Coquelin, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mathieu Debuchy and they still failed miserably in trying to get Jonny Evans.”

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and eight points behind Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.

The Gunners lost 3-1 to Premier League strugglers Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night.

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