With Arsenal’s attempts to sign Mustafi increasingly looking like they will end in failure, Arsenal and Arsene Wenger should now turn to other options with just seven days remaining of the transfer window. Whilst Rob Holding has settled well, the Gunners lack experience in defence with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista both currently out with long term injuries. Here are three realistic defensive additions they could make before the window slams shut next week.
1 – Jonny Evans
With West Brom securing the signing of Brendan Galloway on loan, Evans could suddenly be available. The Northern Irish defender missed West Brom’s League Cup with a suspicious injury ‘dead leg’. Tony Pulis is reluctant to let Evans leave but admitted publically that should the club find a replacement, he could allow Evans to leave. The player is likely to want to join a top club like Arsenal as he moves into his peak years. Lots of Arsenal fans have frowned at suggestions we could sign Evans, a player not considered amongst the very best, and he’s not. But with few top quality options available, would the Gunners benefit from someone of Evans experience and nouse? He played in Alex Ferguson’s title-winning team and the Scot described Evans as the best central defender in the league at one point. He’s 28, so for a centre back he is approaching his ‘peak’ years. If Arsenal want a defender with Premier League and top level experience that can come in right away and do a job, Evans is just that. Capable of playing as a left back also, Evans’ versatility could be useful in an Arsenal squad that often hits injury-crisis sometime in the winter. Evans has impressive statistics, last season he made more than 3 interceptions and nearly 2 tackles per 90 minutes – he also wins most of his aerial duels (64.29%).