Arsenal consider Manchester City flop as a potential signing for the summer
After a disappointing display by Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the Gunners lost the game by two goals to one after Toby Alderweireld scored the late winner in the 81st minute. The defence continues to be the most troublesome for Mikel Arteta who has not been accustomed to working with such a poor backline after his assistant managerial stint with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
However, Mikel Arteta has a signing up his sleeve that he believes would benefit both the parties involved. The Spanish manager has considered signing Manchester City’s expensive flop signing John Stones this summer to refortify their weak back-line.
John Stones has had a mixed career at the Etihad Stadium since his arrival in the summer of 2016 from Everton for a reported fee worth 47 million pounds. The English defender was highly rated by Pep Guardiola as an ideal signing because of his passing technique and skill which is a crucial skill to possess to achieve success under the former Barcelona manager.
Stones has been successful at City winning two Premier Leagues under Guardiola, however, the player has often struggled with injuries which have hampered his contribution of the late. The former Everton man has been under the spotlight for criticism due to his poor decision making and has consistent defensive errors that keep reoccurring.
Rumours state that John Stones is extremely unhappy at Manchester City after losing his spot to Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho. Fernandinho is a central defensive midfielder, however, Pep still believest that the Brazilian midfielder and 19-year-old Eric Garcia are currently better defenders than the 26-year-old Englishman.
However, the Daily Star reports that Arsenal is confident in signing Stones despite the player’s recent dip in performance along with his injury history. Arteta has worked with the defender when he was at his best at City and the Spanish manager knows how to make most of him by using his passing skill set and working on his decision making.
A switch to the Emirates Stadium might be considered as a lifeline for the former Everton defender as he is only 26-years-old and has several seasons ahead of him to work on his mistakes and reach his best performance once again.
Mikel Arteta could be the perfect manager to mold Stone’s potential into the world-class defender he deserves to be and could help Arsenal find their feet once again. Manchester City still has not yet given an official price for its defender although he is valued at 36 million euros on the transfer market.