The Gunners have been linked with interest in the 23-year-old from Hackney, having once been at the famed Hale End academy prior to his switch to the south coast, via the Daily Mail.
He’s out of contract in the summer and whether he will renew his current £10k-per-week deal remains to be seen.
Jones, speaking to Football FanCast, believes that it’s a move for the longer term.
“It’s not for right now.
“He’s not at the level whereby he would be expected to influence the first team at a moment like this.
“As part of the ongoing process in growing the squad, improving the potential and the depth chart – all of those things – I think, yeah, Arsenal will be looking at that.”
He has since found game time hard to come by with just 544 minutes of action, though whenever called upon, he has delivered by still notching three goals, including the opener against Nottingham Forest in their most recent outing.
The 6-foot dynamo is capable of playing on either flank and having already come through the academy setup at London Colney, the Gunners could well unearth another Bukayo Saka, whom he once played alongside.
As per WhoScored, key passes and crossing are two key attributes of both Anthony and Saka, whilst the pair can also do the defensive work that Mikel Arteta loves, having averaged 1.3 and 1.2 tackles per game in the Premier League this term.
The promising winger, who was described as a “positive, powering forward” by journalist Josh Bunting, could well be an ideal homegrown depth option for Arsenal and whilst they may need to wait until the summer to sign him, he’d be one hell of a bargain on a free transfer.
Therefore, sporting director Edu Gaspar should look to sign another Saka in the form of the “under the radar” and “incredible” Anthony, as once lauded by his former boss Scott Parker.