By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Stuart Pearce has urged Arsenal to make a summer swoop for Yaya Toure.

The former Manchester City manager believes a raid on his former club for the experienced midfielder can bring some much-needed nous and winning mentality to the Gunners’ midfield.

Toure, who turns 33 in May, has been at City since 2010 after being allowed to leave Barcelona by then-manager Pep Guardiola.

The Ivorian has been an integral figure in the most successful era in the Premier League club’s history but has just one year left on his contract and is almost certain to leave Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.

Pearce believes Arsenal should snap up the services of Toure should he depart City in the coming months.

“On his day Yaya Toure is outstanding,” Pearce told talkSPORT. “Arsenal need an old head within the team.

“Petr Cech has proved a fantastic success this year at Arsenal, and to have a player like Toure at the centre of midfield, as that holding type of player, I think he’d give one or two of the youngsters a bit of a lift.

“I think he’d be a good signing for them.”

Toure has remained a regular for City this season even though he has not been quite as influential for the team as in previous campaigns.

In total, the midfielder has made 38 appearances, scoring eight goals and supplying seven assists.