The Gunners remained in the market for a new centre-half right up until the January deadline.
Evans had been mooted as a target for some time, with Arsene Wenger eager to bring an experienced and proven Premier League performer onto his books.
Arsenal had, however, been warned against leaving it until the last minute to make an approach, but those words fell on deaf ears and when an offer was tabled – reported to have been around £12 million - it was swiftly deemed derisory and knocked back.
West Brom boss Pardew said of the Gunners’ approach for a prized asset at The Hawthorns: “It wasn’t for a lack of warning to the clubs like Arsenal.
“I sat here every week saying there was no point coming in late unless it was going to knock us off our chair.
“It was nowhere near that. They got the response they were expecting with that bid. Jonny is an important, great player and part of the spine of the team.”
West Brom made it clear throughout the winter window that they would only part with Evans if their demands were met.
Arsenal, along with Manchester City at one stage, will have been made aware of the 30-year-old’s valuation.
They chose not to match it, though, with reports suggesting that Pardew & Co. were looking for somewhere around the £25m mark for their Northern Ireland international.
A risk has been taken in refusing to waver in that stance, with there a clause in Evans’ contract which would allow him to leave for considerably less were relegation out of the Premier League to be suffered, but his presence could be key in ensuring that fate does not befall the Baggies.