Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal to complete signing of £54m central defender

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"Arteta is in need of defenders so it could be ideal for both of them".

The most pressing of Arsenal's issues at the moment is their defence. Arteta is keen to improve his backline and is eying his former club for a solution.

The purchase of another centre-back by the Mancunian giants could change the position of Stones but it is still unclear whether the Cityzens will want to directly boost a Premier League rival, who had lured Arteta from their ranks for the head coach position last month. He is now looking to bring in John Stones from their fold into his own according to The Sun.

Stones is reported to be determined to keep his game time high, in order to recapture his best form ahead of the European Championships with England in the summer.

Stones was a key member of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League twice in succession.

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

A move to Arsenal would greatly benefit both Stones and Arsenal.

Guardiola is understood to want to add some more depth at the back, so there is nearly no chance that he would want to part ways with Stones, even if he is not a regular in his starting lineup.

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