Sir Alex Ferguson disagrees with you. He was one of Fergie’s favorites and played a key role in their run to the title. Just three short years ago, Ferguson thought he had become arguably the best defender in the Premier League and praised his quickness, his feet and his authority within the game. He had gotten sidetracked by injuries, but when it became apparent that Evans was not in Van Gaal’s plans last year, Fergie personally recommended him to Tony Pulis, telling him that all he needed was to play and he’d become a top class defender. I was just reading a couple of days ago that Lauren believes he would be just the right signing for Arsenal.
I understand that fans like to look down their noses at “smaller clubs” and convince themselves that a player who has gone from a big club to a small club is a failure and thus is crap, but sometimes it’s a matter of circumstances. The fact is that Evans is a solid, experienced 28-year-old Premier League defender of high quality. That would seem to be exactly what Arsenal needs at the moment. He may not be the “sexy” name that fans want in their quest to impress their mates, but I remember 18 months ago when Gabriel was the young, “sexy” (in name) Brazilian being brought in from a Spanish club. He may yet become an outstanding player, but his limitations (not even considering the injury itself) are the very reason Arsenal seems to be considering Jonny Evans.