Manchester City defender John Stones is reportedly prepared to hold discussions with Mikel Arteta to join Arsenal this month.
The 25-year-old star has failed to win Pep Guardiola’s trust after a number of high-profile mistakes across his three-and-a-half-year stay at the Etihad Stadium and makeshift centre-half Fernandinho has overtaken him in the pecking order at the heart of the Citizens’ defence.
Arsenal are on the hunt for reinforcements at the back after Calum Chambers was ruled out for the campaign with a serious knee injury and Arteta is interested in pursuing either a temporary or a permanent move for Stones.
According to The Sun, John would be interested in talking to the Gunners as he plans to secure regular game-time and nail down his place in England’s starting eleven ahead of Euro 2020.
Stones has badly struggled for fitness and form and the ex-Everton star has started just nine matches in the Premier League this term.
Arteta shares a good relationship with John from his time in the City dugout as Pep’s assistant and feels the Englishman would be a good fit at the Emirates Stadium.
The Spaniard allowed young centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos to join Nurnberg on loan earlier this week which has freed up a space in the Gunners’ squad for a new addition.
Stones and Arteta share the same agency which the Gunners could use to their advantage should they press ahead with a bid to land the City defender.