Wenger on Evans: We are second best on finances

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal will be 'second best' if they enter Jonny Evans bidding war with Manchester City

Arsene Wenger has conceded Arsenal would have no chance of signing Jonny Evans if Manchester City made a move.

"It would only be philosophical to talk about [Evans] as long as we do not have any agreement with anybody".

The Gunners are in need of a new central defender with Per Mertesacker retiring and Laurent Koscielny, who is forever troubled by an Achilles problem, entering the twilight period of his career, but Wenger is anxious a deal for the £25m-rated Evans may be hijacked by fellow interested party Manchester City, who he admits can blow Arsenal out of the financial water.

Both clubs failed with bids for Evans last summer but they remain interested in the former Manchester United centre-half as they bid to bolster their defences in this month's transfer window.

'I don't know what is their policy.

"If the decision comes to finances against Manchester City, we know we will be second best". "That is well known".


An interesting sub-plot centres around Alexis Sanchez since City are likely to bring forward plans to sign the Chile striker this month following a knee injury to Gabriel Jesus that could keep the Brazil forward out for two months. "At the moment, it's very quiet". However, he added that West Ham was not a possible destination for Coquelin, despite reports claiming that David Moyes was interested in making a bid.

"We are working on it and as soon as we have any definite solution, we will get back to you", he said.

However, speaking in his press conference ahead of Arsenal's Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea, Wenger denied any agreement between the Baggies and Arsenal.

Mathieu Debuchy didn't enjoy the best of games as Arsenal fell to a 4-2 defeat away to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round yesterday.

The former Manchester United man has been in Wenger's sights since the start of last summer in which he saw an £18 million bid rejected by the Baggies, and with the winter window in full force now, he sees Evans as the ideal man to strengthen his back line.

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