Paul Merson thinks Arsenal should try to sign Manchester City defender John Stones in the upcoming transfer window.
Pep Guardiola cast doubt over Stones’ long-term future at City recently when he failed to guarantee that the centre-back will be at the club next season.
And Merson thinks Stones would be a great addition at Arsenal, especially as he is a player who Mikel Arteta knows very well from his time on the coaching staff at Man City.
“Mikel Arteta has no chance of getting the money he needs out of Arsenal,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.
“They could spend £200m and still not make the Champions League next season because the gap is so big.
“They need a centre-back, a central midfielder and another striker. The whole spine of the team really.
“And I think he might go for John Stones at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola doesn’t seem to trust him, and Arteta has worked with him before.
“Arsenal need an out and out defender, not another David Luiz who knows how to play the ball out from the back but makes a lot of mistakes.
“But Stones is English, young enough to improve, and Arteta will know all about him and know he fits into the system.”