Gunners hero welcomes possible £50 million signing Stones with Arteta seeking to wrap up stunning Arsenal deal
Gunners hero Ray Parlour has backed Arsenal’s potential move for Manchester City ace John Stones.
Mikel Arteta is a boss that needs to spend some serious money over the next few weeks in order to improve a side that may in fact struggle to get a top six spot this season, nevermind a Champions League place for next season.
That has, of course, led to all sorts of speculation about whom could come into the club, who could leave the club, and what superstar signing that Arteta will seek to improve his very young side.
But now Stones has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal , according to The Sun.
Stones wants first-team football to boost his Euro 2020 hopes as England boss Gareth Southgate wants his players to perform consistently, with reports claiming the centre-back is represented by the same agency as Arteta and would be keen for a move – even if it is on loan.
The 25-year-old’s season has been plagued by injury and loss of form which have led to him falling out of favour at the Etihad.
Parlour has backed Arsenal’s move for Stones and can see David Luiz moving into midfield if his former club do manage to sign the City defender.
‘I’d be very, very happy if they brought someone like John Stones to the club,’ the ex-Arsenal midfielder told talkSPORT.
‘He would definitely play. With Calum Chambers out and Rob Holding in the background, if one of Luiz or Sokratis get injured Arsenal haven’t got a lot of back-up at centre half.
‘Would Luiz and Stones work together? Well, they’ve got Sokratis. Stones could play alongside him. He’s the better defender.
‘Luiz has done alright in recent weeks. He’s done better. He does make a mistake, and we’ve see that this season, but I think he’s done well.
‘I think, if you’re really struggling in midfield, you could play Luiz as a holding midfielder.
‘He can play there because he’s got that range of passing and he’s very good on the ball, he is technically very good.
‘So they could play Stones and Sokratis at the back with Luiz in front of them, that could work.’
If he was signed, could Arsenal fans really see him playing next to Sokratis or David Luiz, would that really improve the current Gunners back-line?
Arteta has worked with Stones and knows what he would be getting from the Englishman, but it would still be a massive risk to make a move and try to bring him to London in order to help get the back-line sorted out.
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