Albion value Evans at over £20million. But Arsenal's offer - understood to have been a deal worth around £12million - fell well below that on deadline day.
Pardew was in defiant mood and said: “It wasn't for lack of warning to Arsenal and to all the clubs.
“I've sat here every week saying 'Don't make a bid on the last day, because you're not going to get what you want, really'.
“Unless it was a bid that was going to knock us off our chair, and it was no way near that.
“So they got probably the response they were expecting with that bid, I think.
“Jonny is a very very important player.
“He's a great player. He's part of the spine of the team and that's what I tried to strengthen this window.