Mikel Arteta will step up his efforts to bring Manchester City defender John Stones to Arsenal this summer, we can reveal.

City are ready to embark on a reboot of their squad, and a major part of that will see a number of defenders allowed to leave including Benjamin Mendy, Nicolas Otamendi and Stones.

Arsenal are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements and Gunners club sources have told us that Arteta believes that Stones would be a fantastic addition.

City have made it known to Stones’ people that they would want to get their money back on the player, having signed him from Everton in a £50million deal in 2016.