Were Arsenal handed painful reminder during West Brom defeat of summer business they should have done?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal were linked with West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans in the summer.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

When Arsenal were linked with a surprise move for West Brom defender Jonny Evans in the summer, supporters seemed to be completely uninspired about the prospect of a deal (via Daily Mail), but judging by the two clubs' meeting at the weekend, he may have perhaps actually been a smart addition to Arsene Wenger's squad.

The Gunners suffered a 3-1 defeat at the Hawthorns. And while Arsenal should have got the better of Tony Pulis' side on paper, fans of the away side would have been all too aware how the Baggies would have primarily been able to hurt them: set-pieces.

In fact, two of West Brom's goals came from a dead-ball situation and Arsenal were left to taste defeat for the sixth time in nine games, and that decision to not sign Evans in the summer seems a slightly poor one.

Of course, on their day, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny should be two of the finest centre-backs in the Premier League, but Evans has shown at West Brom this season that he has the tenacity and doggedness to help the Baggies grind out the results that have left them surpassing expectations.

Jonny Evans celebrates after Craig Dawson scored their first goalJonny Evans celebrates after Craig Dawson scored their first goal

The Northern Irishman would not have solved all of Arsenal's issues, but surely having his experience and organisational skills in their ranks would have helped them cope against the teams that offer the kind of threat that makes the likes of West Brom so dangerous. 

And if they had managed to sign him in the summer, and he was wearing an Arsenal kit at the weekend, then perhaps they would have stood a much better chance of going into the international break off the back of a positive result. 

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