Is Jonny Evans the right buy for Arsenal?
Something is happening with Arsenal and I can’t seem to put a finger on it. Alexis Sanchez's departure has caused a domino effect at the Emirates.
First, Arsene Wenger was defiant that the Chilean couldn’t leave until a replacement was found. In stepped Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Next, the club is on the verge of signing the world-renowned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The deal isn't close to done but the Gunners have turned their attention to Jonny Evans.
Three signings in one window? What on earth is going on in North London? Has anyone checked the temperature in Hades?
In the midst of the mayhem, it’s easy to get carried away, to label every signing a good one. But is Jonny Evans the right man for Arsenal? Are there better options available?
Here are three centre backs Arsenal could sign rather than Jonny Evans:
The Swiss international has been linked with Arsenal fervently in the past with good reason. He’s a quality defender. Arsenal could use one. Or several. Such are Schar's ball-playing skills he’s been labelled as the next Mats Hummels.
Fabian Schar is the epitome of composure. He never panics on the ball, always seeking the most effective pass regardless who is pressing.
In terms of personality, the 26-year-old is commanding and authoritative. The Swiss prides himself on organising his fellow defenders. It's a trait the Gunners desperately need. There is no leader at the back who can rally the troops in times of real peril.
Formerly at Basel, now Deportivo de la Coruna, Schar’s career hasn't progressed the way many thought. A move to Arsenal would change that. It’s reported Jonny Evans would cost Arsenal £20 million up front with an additional £4 million for Evans’ agent. Arsene Wenger could spend less on the more competent Schar.
At 190cm tall, the Wolfsburg defender is exactly the type of physical dominator Arsenal lack. The Congolese centre-back is as raw as it gets. He’s a no-nonsense player who would rather hoof it than play out from the back. Yeah, yeah. Arsene Wenger would be rolling over in his grave if he weren't still alive. I know.
The point is Tisserand is extremely physical. He's strong, quick, and excellent in the air. Do these sound like traits missing from the Arsenal defence?
Tisserand gives Arsene Wenger the opportunity to throw out his normal pattern in signing defenders. The Frenchman usually inks rearguardsmen based on their technical attributes. This time he would land a beast who can thrive in one-v-one situations.
Hello. my name is Inigo Martinez. You tried to dribble past me. Prepare to die.
In his current contract, the Spaniard has a £29 million release clause. It's five million more than Evans but still a fee the Gunners can comfortably afford. The question is what they'd be getting for their money?
He’s a centre back who takes joy in having the ball at his feet. Wenger can stop spinning now. Martinez loves to step out with the ball, to advance up the pitch through quick passing. That doesn’t mean he’s another John Stones. Martinez has the defensive ability to match. He’s strong in one-v-one duels, good in the air, and uses his expert positioning to make up for his lack of pace.
The Real Sociedad defender has been on Manchester City and Barcelona's watch list in recent years. Sociedad currently sit 15th in La Liga. The player may be seeking an escape route. With Javier Mascherano departing for China, Arsenal must capitalise on Martinez sooner rather than later.