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Ray Parlour backs Arsenal transfer move for Manchester City star John Stones

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Manchester City defender John Stones is reportedly interested in talking to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Ray Parlour says he would be ‘very, very happy’ if Arsenal signed John Stones and believes he would make an ideal centre-back partner for Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Reports on Monday claimed that Calum Chambers’ season-ending knee injury has forced Mikel Arteta to delve into the transfer market – and the Spaniard has identified Stones as his top defensive target.

Arteta, who is represented by the same agency as Stones, knows the defender well from his time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City and feels the 25-year-old would be a good fit at Arsenal.

However, understands that City have no interest in selling Stones, despite the England international dropping down the pecking order at the Etihad.

Stones has fallen out of favour at the Etihad (Picture: Getty)

Parlour can see David Luiz moving into midfield if Arsenal are successful with their bid to sign Stones this January.

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‘I’d be very, very happy if they brought someone like John Stones to the club,’ the ex-Arsenal midfielder told talkSPORT.

‘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.

Stones' honours at Manchester City

Premier League – 2017/18, 2018/19

FA Cup – 2018/19

EFL Cup – 2017/18

FA Community Shield – 2018, 2019

‘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.’

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Arteta confirmed that he’s looking to strengthen his options in central defence after Chambers was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

‘My obligation is to give my opinion on the things we can improve,’ he said last week.

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‘Obviously we have a bad injury with Calum a few days ago that will change our plans at the back.

‘The reality is we will not be able to do much. I’m more concerned about getting players back from injury and try to improve the players I have here, get everybody on board and understanding what we’re trying to do.

‘And if something extra comes up and we think it is the right opportunity to improve what we have, then let’s do it.’

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