In Focus: Phil Jones would be a useful addition for Arsenal

According to the Daily Express, Arsenal are eager to sign Manchester United defender, Phil Jones, in the summer transfer window.

What’s the story?

Arsenal have allegedly expressed an interest in the Manchester United defender, and the Red Devils could be willing to allow the Englishman to leave because his contract expires at the end of next season.

The 25-year-old has registered several disappointing performances for the Europa League winners this season, and United could be keen to sell the defender – they’ve been linked with moves for defenders of late.

If United are willing to sell the former Blackburn defender, then it seems that the Gunners are ready to pounce on his availability.

Would he be a good signing?

At the age of 25, Phil Jones has won four major honours and has represented one of the world’s greatest clubs on 188 occasions. This is a testament to Jones’ capabilities as a footballer.

He is certainly not the best in his field. However, he is a very good player who has amassed plenty of experience of playing at the highest level.  The Englishman is regarded for his capacity to retain possession when necessary. Furthermore, he is a surprisingly good passer of the ball for a defender, and he has displayed his impressive crossing ability.

These qualities ensure that he would be a useful option for the Gunners, one that would be in keeping with the mentality that Wenger is keen to express.

Does Wenger need him?

While Arsenal have a relatively established defence, its members are ageing. Nacho Monreal is 31, Laurent Koscielny is 32 and Per Mertesacker.

The addition of Phil Jones would provide quality and invaluable experience, while also helping to provide longevity and sustainability. Arsenal cannot depend on an ageing backline; the arrival of Jones would be welcomed.