Manchester City defender open to discussing a transfer to Arsenal

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Manchester City centre-back John Stones is reportedly open to discussing a move to Arsenal in a possible reunion with Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard only recently left the Etihad Stadium to take over as the Gunners manager, and it looks he could make a quick raid on his former club.

John Stones has fallen out of favour at Manchester City in recent times, though he previously shone as one of the finest defenders in Europe as a crucial part of Pep Guardiola’s two title-winning sides.

The England international defender also impressed at previous club Everton, and he may now get a chance at the Gunners, perhaps on loan, according to the Sun.

Notwithstanding John Stones’ recent struggles, it’s easy to see how the 25-year-old defender could be a significant upgrade on some of the Gunners’ current defensive options.

Summer joining David Luiz has not been particularly reliable so far, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos is another ageing and inconsistent centre-back.

A source is quoted by the Sun as saying John Stones has discussed his future with his agent and knows he could do with a transfer to ensure he gets back into the England fold.

The source replied: “He (Stones) was in London to see his agent last week and is due back again this week.

“He knows if he is to resurrect his England career he has to get more time on the pitch.

“Arteta is in need of defenders so it could be perfect for both of them.”

Arsenal supporters would probably be pretty pleased if this move could go through, and they’ll hope Mikel Arteta’s connections at MAnchester City can give them an advantage in getting this deal done.