Jamie Redknapp has claimed in his Daily Mail column that Arsenal should consider a move to sign Manchester City defender John Stones this summer – and Gunners fans have responded on Twitter.
Stones, 26, has endured a difficult season at Manchester City with the England international being overlooked by Pep Guardiola on a number of occasions. The former Everton man has played just 22 times in all competitions.
A 39-time England international, Stones cost Manchester City a whopping £47.5million (BBC) when they signed him from Everton in 2016. He has since played 131 times but it now appears that he could be about to depart.
With Arsenal’s defensive rearguard struggling over the weekend, Redknapp suggested that Arsenal should consider a move for Stones and suggested that Gunners manager Mikel Arteta could rejuvenate the England ace’s career.
“The spotlight has been on him since he was signed from Everton for £47.5million so his errors always catch attention,” Redknapp said. “But Stones is still only 26 — the same age Van Dijk was when he joined Liverpool.
“He is young enough to mould, but has only started once in the league under Pep Guardiola since January. Arsenal need a centre back, and Mikel Arteta knows Stones from his City days. That could be a good fit.”
Arsenal have recently confirmed a new one-year deal for David Luiz, while handing Pablo Mari a permanent four-year deal to stay at the club – having initially joined the Gunners on loan from Brazilian side Flamengo.
Arsenal fans have reacted on Twitter to the news that Redknapp has suggested Arsenal could be a good fit for Stones, and many supporters have slammed the Sky Sports pundit – with a better centre-back seemingly wanted.
Some, though, think Stones could be a good addition.
Nope, he's nowhere good enough, we need to stop signing cast-off from other top sides, they are getting rid of them for a reason, it's better to sign the best player at Bournemouth, than signing the worst player from teams like City.
— Emzel (@Emzyl23) July 13, 2020
Personally not feeling this one, even though it seems an obvious move to make.
Stones was dropped because he's error strewn. We have a whole department of CBs who suffer the same issues. I don;t think bringing in another one will make us better in the long run.
— Gilles (@_Grimanditweets) July 13, 2020
Better than what we got go get him rotate with Sokratis with Saliba playing
— Brad Nolan (@BradersNolan) July 13, 2020
No way…thank you very much, not better than the once we already planning to dispose
— Townsend (@Townsen54034873) July 13, 2020
I’m not against John stones. He’s better than anything we got atm
— AnArsenalAvi (@WhosManzlzThis) July 13, 2020
I’d take him on loan opening the door for us to sell Mustafi
— dom roberts (@17dom19) July 13, 2020
That would be a good fit for Stones' bank balance not Arsenal.
— Bryan Lowton (@BryanLowton) July 13, 2020