Jonny Evans

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Jonny Evans to Arsenal

There is news that Arsenal might make a move for West Brom defender Jonny Evans in the days to come.

Indeed the Gunners are currently short on defenders after the injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel. And with the fact that Laurent Koscielny will only be back after the start of the new season, it is becoming urgent for Arsene Wenger to look for a replacement.

So far, the French manager has only recruited one defender in Rob Holding but with the injuries as well as the late return of Koscielny, it is believed that Arsene Wenger might make a move for Jonny Evans.

But so far there is no bid that has been achieved but a decision might be taken in the days to come. However, this move might not be a favorite among Gunners fans as they would have expected a more impressive signing for their team.

It is also believed that Arsene Wenger is monitoring ShkodranMustafi as a possible reinforcement at the back. However, the player might cost around £41m from Valencia, and this can be a stumbling block for the transfer. Arsene Wenger is famous for refusing to pay an excessive amount in the transfer market and may hesitate to complete this transfer.

They might face competition from Chelsea however in this transfer. It is believed that Antonio Conte is also looking for a quality defender in order to reinforce their defence and might consider making a move for the Germany international as well.

If ever Arsenal misses out on ShkodranMustafi then it might be highly possible that they will be making a move for Jonny Evans. Wenger will need cover at the back and will not want to wait for the transfer window to be over to look for new players.

JONNY EVANS: WE WERE UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE IN SLOVAKIA

Jonny Evans said Northern Ireland were under a lot of pressure in the game they played against Slovakia.

The game which was played on Saturday ended 0-0 but it was a vital game for Michael O'Neill's squad ahead of the continental tournament in France. The game became the third clean sheet in a row for Northern Ireland.

The team has now arrived and settled in Lyon, France as they hope to give the title their best shot. West Brom player Jonny Evans is among the players having the time of his life in France. He put in decent performance in the game over the weekend, joining up with Gareth McAuley and Craig Cathcart in three-man defence. Evans said:

"The pleasing thing is that we showed real resilience. We were under a lot of pressure and found it hard to get out in the second-half, but they are a good side. The biggest positive we can take from it is that we were fighting for each other and there was a determination not to concede and lose the game.

"We've only conceded one goal in recent games and that was a penalty (against Wales). That's a great foundation to have going into a major tournament.”

The star player also praised his defence team mates, saying we were a great defensive unit. Evans praised the coach for placing a lot of emphasis on the defence during training even though it involved a lot of work.

Evans said he hopes the team would remain in France longer than they booked for. He was very thankful for the fans’ support all along. Though they were few in Slovakia but he is certain many will be in France to cheer the Green and White Army on as they play.

Jonny Evans claims that he has sympathy for the referees

West Brom defender Jonny Evans claims that he has sympathy for the referees, who have had a tough job of spotting infringements in the penalty box during a set piece situation.

Even though the defender admitted that this was a tough aspect of the game, he felt that referees should be more consistent with their decisions. Evans was at the wrong end of such a decision while playing with the Northern Ireland team against Slovenia. The defender gave away a penalty that proved costly for his team.

During the weekend, though, West Brom could count themselves as being lucky for a decision going their way. This led to the equaliser for the Midlands team, who ended any hopes of Spurs winning the league title with a 1-1 draw. Tottenham fans complained that West Brom’s goal in the second half should have been disallowed since it was a direct impeachment. The goal, though, was allowed to stand and West Brom held on for a well-deserved draw. Spurs are extremely disappointing with their failure to win, which means that Leicester City can be crowned as the league title winners this weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino, though, claimed that his team will continue to believe unless it is mathematically impossible to be crowned as the champions. "I was penalised in the last international friendly for something similar and one of the biggest things we have had a problem with is that when you go into the opposition box, it is happening to you and you are not getting the foul. You want that consistency. I think it is a difficult thing because the referee sees at that time and has to give it, but there's other instances where he doesn't see it and that's where you don't get the equal decisions," said the West Brom defender.

Jonny Evans dreamed of moving to Big Clubs

Players often dream about moving to big clubs but the reality can sometimes be the opposite.

This was especially true in the case of Jonny Evans, who came through the ranks at Manchester United and went on to lift several trophies. Just when it seemed that the Northern Ireland defender had what it took to become the next Rio Ferdinand or Steve Bruce at Old Trafford, poor form coupled with lack of faith from the managers meant that he had to leave the club in search of regular football. This led to the move to West Brom.

Evans has become a prominent figure in the West Brom first-team since joining the club for around £ 6 million at the start of the season. He has made 16 league appearances and scored one goal for the Midlands outfit.

He has been unable to play in every league game due to niggling injury issues - preferring to do yacht charter in the UK instead to aid his recovery. Evans will have a chance to reunite with his former teammates when West Brom host United at the hawthorns this weekend. Evans says that he does not have any regrets about leaving United. Instead, he has grown to enjoy his time at West Brom. He has required just six months to make more than 15 league appearances while taking the equivalent of 18 months for the same at United.

“I have to say, I have really enjoyed it. When you are out of the team and not playing regularly, there is always that question in your head of ‘When am I going to play next?’I have enjoyed the feeling – players talk about it all the time – that Saturday feeling of going out and playing football, and that has been one of the biggest things. I had a fantastic time at United and I loved it, but there came a point when I had to make a decision,” said Evans.

Jonny Evans has turned into one of the best summer signings

Jonny Evans completed his transfer from Manchester United to West Bromwich Albion on August of 2015 and the Irish defender has turned out to be one of the best signings in recent times.

Evans has made a surprisingly impressive start to his career at the Hawthorns after making consistently high level performances in his new club in spite of being placed out his usual position.

The natural position of Jonny Evans is in the heart of the defence as a centre-back but due to a number of injuries that the players of West Bromwich Albion have been picking up, it has forced the coach Tony Pullis on having to rotate his squad and put some of his players in different positions than their usual ones.

Even though the £6 million summer signing has had to play in distinct positions in the team, the Irishman has managed to do it without any problems and has been receiving praise from his teammates as well as the head coach Tony Pullis.

On November 29, West Bromwich Albion travelled to the home stadium of West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground and the match finished with a final scoreboard of 1-1. When the match reached it’s end, Jonny Evans received huge praise for his performance as he had to play as a makeshift left back and somehow still managed to perform at a high level.

West Bromwich Albion’s Tony Pullis praised Jonny Evans as he said: "Jonny Evans was absolutely magnificent at left-back today. The kid is a top player. He can play anywhere across the back four, and I also think he could play as a holding midfield player. That’s a testament of being a really good footballer, if you can play in any position on the pitch.”

£6 million has turned out to be a bargain price for a player who has solved so many defensive problems and helped his team in reaching and competing in the middle section of the Premier League.

Johnny Evans on MU win

Manchester United’s injury problems worsened after the recent 2-1 win over Southampton.

Defender Chris Smalling, who has already missed matches due to injury problems this season, had to go off following a minor concern. Jones, who has also been missing the last few matches, had to come on after just 18 minutes. The 26-year-old has stated that the stop and start season for the players seems to continue. Hence, they are mentally prepared to come on at any stage during the match. Even though United secured a victory, it was not very convincing as they were lucky to see Southampton being wasteful with their chances.

Manager Louis Van Gaal admitted after the match that United were lucky to get the victory, which turned out to be the fifth consecutive for the Red Devils. This has propelled them to within five points of its rivals Manchester City. Since the Premier League is yet to reach the halfway stage, there are plenty of matches still left. This has increased talk of a title bid from United, which seemed highly unlikely only a few months ago. Van Gaal, though, will be more concerned about the quality of football. The injury to Smalling was the 43rd different issue that United players have suffered this season.

"The way the injury situation has been, you are always expecting someone to get injured.So I had to prepare myself mentally for that," said Johnny Evans. "Jones is coming back but not fit to play. He needs training sessions and maybe also matches in the second team. But he is coming back. He is fit to train. That is also very good. We are seeing already light in the tunnel,” said Van Gaal about the current injury status. United face crunch match against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.