Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen to be reunited with Manchester City defender John Stones, according to reports in the English media.
The Gunners’ head coach worked with the centre-back for three years as Pep Guardiola‘s assistant, and it is reported that the Spaniard thinks he can help the 25-year-old realise his potential.
Supporters on Twitter are mostly behind City offloading Stones to Arsenal at the end of the season:
£35M and he’s theirs
— Louis 🇧🇼 (@mcfclouis_) 5 March 2020
Wrap him up and deliver.
— Thomson (@TomaszKaczmar3k) 5 March 2020
good news if it truly happens
— Milliardär (@eibizee) 5 March 2020
A decent lad, but decision making at this level not good enough.🤷♂️
— mark smith (@marksmith2712) 5 March 2020
Sell him for min 35m
— Abdullah (@Zabdul2004) 5 March 2020
Rightly so..English CBs doesn't suit Pep style of play 😏😏
— Indie Chomsky (@Indie_chomsky) 5 March 2020
Please arsenal do it..
— Citizen Omar = (@omar_s42) 5 March 2020
— dj (@din_s21) 5 March 2020
If we get anything between 30 to 40 mill we have to cash in
— Cityzen_shiva (@ShivaVaragandhi) 5 March 2020
It is said that City would like to recoup as much as possible of the £50m they paid Everton for the player back in 2016, but whether that is realistic, it is up for debate.
Stones has struggled for form and confidence in recent months, with his error in the Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa summing up his recent malaise. Guardiola has opted to pick Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi ahead of him despite Aymeric Laporte being injured for most of the season, and with just ten league starts to his name this campaign, a move in the summer could well be on the cards.