Arteta reportedly convincing Manchester City defender over a move in coming days

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is eyeing Stones, who he coached during his time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.

The England international has tumbled down the pecking order over at the Etihad Stadium this season, with Fernandinho – a central midfielder – ahead of him at centre-back.

Stones is sweating on his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championships at the end of the season.

And The Sun say the former Everton star is keen to discuss a move to Arsenal, even if it would likely be on loan.

Back in 2017, City forked out a massive £50million to secure the 25-year-old’s signature.

But no sign of a new contract is forthcoming, with the England star having just two years left on his current deal.

Stones has been limited to just 10 Premier League appearances this season.

And a source is quoted as saying: “He was in London to see his agent last week and is due back again this week.

“He knows if he is to resurrect his England career he has to get more time on the pitch.

“Arteta is in need of defenders so it could be perfect for both of them.”

Arsenal boss Arteta is eyeing a new defender having allowed Konstantinos Mavropanos to join German side Nurnberg on loan.

David Luiz has blown hot and cold ever since his shock summer arrival from Chelsea.

And Shkodran Mustafi remains a liability and could even be on the move himself this month.

Meanwhile, Guardiola recently opened up on Stones and admitted the centre-back was yet to fulfil his potential.

“He has the conditions to do it, but to be the best central defender you have to play one entire season, being there every three days,” he said.

“He has to be at the level to play regularly.

“The last three seasons he could not do it. It’s difficult to know the reason why.

“Sometimes when you have a tough injury it’s unlucky. But in the case of John I don’t know.

“I don’t know why he is not able, we are not able, to be a regular for a long, long period because he’s a young player.

“As a player he has his future in front of him, it depends on him. It’s in his hands and in his head to become one of the best.”

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