Arsene Wenger should have signed Jonny Evans for Arsenal, says Alan Smith

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal’s current defence has struggled to keep clean sheets (Picture: Getty)He told the Telegraph: ‘So much attention falls on the attacking vibrancy of Jamie Vardy, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison and all, but Leicester have only conceded eight goals this season, the division’s joint-best record, thanks largely to a settled defence marshalled by the excellent Jonny Evans.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I remember when Arsene Wenger considered buying the centre-half, only to head in another direction.‘For me, it’s not so much about the quality of defender, more the lack of organisation in terms of shape.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal have struggled to produce consistency under Unai Emery, with defence a particular issue for the Gunners.Emery is under pressure to turn results around, but the Arsenal boss insists issues off the field have had a big effect on results on the pitch.‘I’m not really disappointed with our work,’ said Emery. Comment Evans was once a target of Arsenal’s (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger should have signed Jonny Evans when Arsenal were linked with the former Manchester United defender, according to Alan Smith.Evans was at West Bromwich Albion when Wenger seriously considered signing the Northern Irishman, with Manchester City also reportedly circling.West Brom kept hold of Evans until he signed for Leicester City in the summer of 2018 and he will line up against Arsenal on Saturday when the Gunners travel to the King Power Stadium.Leicester are aiming to widen the six-point gap between them and Arsenal and Smith bemoaned Wenger’s choice to shelve his interest in Evans.ADVERTISEMENT Leicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:06FullscreenLeicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/leicester-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-2045018/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve our best performance.‘The circumstances with (Mesut) Ozil, (Sead) Kolasinac, (Laurent) Koscielny and, remember also, that if he [Koscielny] was here as captain, that would give us no problem.‘Then (Granit) Xhaka’s circumstances.’Granit Xhaka is not expected to play against Leicester City after being stripped of the captaincy.MORE: Unai Emery tells Nicolas Pepe how to win his place back and explains bizarre Wolves decisionMORE: Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka might not play for Arsenal again ahead of Leicester clashcenter_img Arsene Wenger should have signed Jonny Evans for Arsenal, says Alan Smith Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 12:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link150Shareslast_img


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