Evans was at West Bromwich Albion when Wenger critically thought of signing the Northern Irishman, with Manchester City additionally reportedly circling.
West Brom saved maintain of Evans till he signed for Leicester City in the summertime of 2018 and he will line up towards Arsenal on Saturday when the Gunners journey to the King Power Stadium.
Leicester are aiming to widen the six-point hole between them and Arsenal and Smith bemoaned Wenger’s option to shelve his curiosity in Evans.
He advised the Telegraph: ‘So much attention falls on the attacking vibrancy of Jamie Vardy, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison and all, but Leicester have only conceded eight goals this season, the division’s joint-best report, thanks largely to a settled defence marshalled by the wonderful Jonny Evans.
‘I bear in mind when Arsene Wenger thought of shopping for the centre-half, solely to go in one other course.
‘For me, it’s not a lot in regards to the high quality of defender, extra the dearth of organisation when it comes to form.’
Arsenal have struggled to supply consistency underneath Unai Emery, with defence a selected difficulty for the Gunners.
Emery is underneath stress to show outcomes round, however the Arsenal boss insists points off the sector have had an enormous impact on outcomes on the pitch.
‘I’m not likely dissatisfied with our work,’ mentioned Emery.
‘I’m being sensible as a result of some circumstances didn’t assist us to realize our greatest efficiency.
‘The circumstances with (Mesut) Ozil, (Sead) Kolasinac, (Laurent) Koscielny and, bear in mind additionally, that if he [Koscielny] was right here as captain, that will give us no downside.
‘Then (Granit) Xhaka’s circumstances.’
Granit Xhaka shouldn’t be anticipated to play towards Leicester City after being stripped of the captaincy.