Jamie O’Hara has told TalkSPORT that Manchester City defender John Stones is finished at the Etihad following Tuesday night’s win over Atalanta – but O’Hara does not believe that Stones would jump ship for Arsenal.
Stones, 25, joined Manchester City from Everton for £47.5million (BBC) in 2016. He has since clocked up 116 appearances for City, and won two Premier League titles. He has three years remaining on his contract at The Etihad.
However, this season, Stones has been left out of Pep Guardiola’s side on more than one occasion. Despite injuries to Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi, Stones has still been left out of the side – with Rodri and Fernandinho playing over him.
On Tuesday night, Stones was left on the bench. Rodri pulled his hamstring, and Stones came on – but Pep Guardiola was visibly fuming with Stones as he took time to get ready. O’Hara thinks he is done at the club – but ruled out a move to Arsenal.
“I think he is finished there,” O’Hara said. “I think he is done. There were two midfielders playing at centre-half. For me, I think he is done. No, I don’t think he’d go to Arsenal. He would walk into their back four, but I think he’s too good for Arsenal.
“I rate John Stones; he’s had his mistakes and he’s had his injuries, but to me he’s still a player who is potentially a top, world class centre-half. And I think he should go to somewhere like Real Madrid if he does leave.”
TBR’s view – Should Arsenal look to sign snatch Stones from City?
Arsenal’s problems at centre-back have not been solved despite the signing of David Luiz and the presence of Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi.
Bringing in Stones, though, would see him instantly become first choice at The Emirates. Whether or not Stones would be tempted with a move to the Emirates remains to be seen, but to claim Real Madrid as a potential suitor is too far.