Boss hands Arsenal huge boost in race to sign Mertesacker replacement

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West Brom manager Alan Pardew has admitted he is scared of losing Arsenal target Jonny Evans in the January transfer window.

Evans is being linked with a move away from the Hawthorns in January, with Arsenal and Manchester City said to be keen on his services.

Pardew has now admitted he is unsure if can keep hold of the 29 year old in January.

“I’m never confident when you’ve got great players because other clubs want great players, so your best players are always vulnerable,” he said, as quoted by the Express.

“Jonny Evans is definitely one of them and he is our captain. Do I want to lose him? Of course not.

“Do I fear losing him? Of course I do.

“There was interest in him in the summer so it makes sense to stir it up. They are good headlines for the media.

“I understand that, we deal with it and Jonny has dealt with it in his own way.

“He was terrific for me. I can only go on his performance and he was outstanding for me against Crystal Palace and [now] we go to Swansea.”

Arsenal are expected to make an offer for Evans in the new year. The defender has made just 13 appearances for West Brom this season and has been a key part of the Baggies team.

The Gunners have been besieged with a couple of defensive problems of recent and Evans will go a long way in fixing it.

Nacho Monreal has been largely deployed as a centre defender in recent seasons, while Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi are struggling with injuries. So I am not entirely surprised about the Arsenal-Evans links.


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