Arsenal eye summer move for Everton starlet Stones

Published Add your comment

Football News

Arsenal are eyeing Everton defender John Stones ahead of a possible transfer offer, reports suggest.

This is according to The Metro, who claim that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger - who is aware of the player's progress having had him watched during his time at Barnsley - has told scouts to run the rule over the player until the summer before the club could potentially move for his services.

19-year-old Stones joined Everton from the Championship strugglers in January 2013 and has gradually forged a hugely promising reputation as one of England's finest young defensive properties.

While he did not play at all in the Premier League in the direct aftermath of his switch from Oakwell, Stones has featured in the top-flight on 16 occasions this season as the Toffees have gone from strength-to-strength under the leadership of Roberto Martinez.

Indeed, Arsenal - whose 2013/14 campaign was looking promising on several levels until a recent poor spell of domestic form - have witnessed the player's talents first-hand, with Stones having lined-up for Everton during their highly-impressive 3-0 win over Wenger's side at Goodison Park last Sunday.

Arsenal's apparent interest in strengthening their backline is no real surprise, particularly with the future of French stalwart Bacary Sagna still unresolved heading into the final few fixtures of the season.

If Sagna - who has been with Arsenal since 2007 - does indeed reject the offer of a new contract and depart the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer this summer, then Stones could be an exciting long-term replacement.

While he obviously does not yet possess the same sort of experience as Sagna, the England U21 international is extremely versatile and can be deployed either at right-back or in the centre of defence.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again