Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT he would LOVE to see Manchester City defender John Stones join the Gunners this month.
Stones has been linked with a stunning more to the Emirates Stadium as the centre-back seeks more regular football ahead of England’s Euro 2020 campaign.
The 25-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad, with manager Pep Guardiola reportedly losing faith in the Englishman.
Stones has made just ten Premier League appearances this season, and his starting spot in Sunday’s 6-1 win over Aston Villa came after he failed to even make City’s squad in their previous five matches.
The Sun claim Mikel Arteta wants to raid his former club to bring Stones in, as he looks to strengthen his defence this month, even if it’s only on loan.
The report has been met with some reservations from supporters, with many questioning if the England international would be the right defensive partner for David Luiz considering both players have a reputation for blundering at the back.
But Parlour has cast those doubts aside and says it would be an excellent signing for his former club.
“I’d be very, very happy if they brought someone like John Stones to the club,” he said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“He would definitely play. With Calum Chambers out and Rob Holding in the background, if one of Luiz or Sokratis get injured Arsenal haven’t got a lot of back-up at centre half.
“Would Luiz and Stones work together?
“Well, they’ve got Sokratis… Stones could play alongside him. He’s the better defender.
“Luiz has done alright in recent weeks. He’s done better. He does make a mistake, and we’ve see that this season, but I think he’s done well.
“I think, if you’re really struggling in midfield, you could play Luiz as a holding midfielder.
“He can play there because he’s got that range of passing and he’s very good on the ball, he is technically very good.
“So they could play Stones and Sokratis at the back with Luiz in front of them, that could work.”