Their own fault
West Brom boss Alan Pardew has been discussing Arsenal’s failed deadline day move for defender Jonny Evans and claims it’s their own fault.
The Northern Irishman has been linked with a move away from the Hawthorns with Arsene Wenger’s side keen.
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City were also interested but decided to move for Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte instead.
The former Manchester United defender looked likely to have little interest on deadline day but that quickly changed.
Arsenal came in with a bid, reportedly in the region of £12million to try and get a deal done by the end of the day.
Though, it was far too late for them to do that after Alan Pardew revealed he had warned clubs of doing exactly that.
Safe to say, he wasn’t letting his player go on deadline day unless it was a ridiculous offer, which Arsenal’s was not.
‘It wasn’t for lack of warning to Arsenal and to all the clubs,’ said Pardew.
‘I’ve sat here every week saying don’t make a bid on the last day, because you’re not going to get what you want, really, unless it’s a bid that’s going to knock us off our chair. And it was no way near that.
‘So they got probably the response they were expecting with that bid, I think.’
There are no indications as yet that Arsenal could go back in for the player in the summer.
— Paul Gilmour (@skysportspaulg) January 31, 2018