Paul Merson "flabbergasted" by Arsenal's £20m move for Jamie Vardy

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Opinion is entirely split over Jamie Vardy’s potential move to Arsenal this summer.

Whilst Ian Wright claims he would be a fantastic signing, others insist the 29-year-old would be a waste of money.

After firing Leicester City to Premier League glory with his 24 goals last term, Vardy’s £20 million release clause was triggered last week by Arsene Wenger.


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It was believed he would announce his decision before boarding the plane to Euro 2016 with England, but that wasn’t to be the case. Instead, the striker will announce his future after the tournament.

However, it would seem one Arsenal legend isn’t keen on the thought of Vardy playing for his beloved club - and that man is Paul Merson.

Speaking to talkSPORT, per the Mirror, he said: “I’m shocked. I’m absolutely flabbergasted with it.

“Arsenal don’t get the ball forward quick enough for Jamie Vardy. No disrespect, but he plays at Leicester where everyone goes and has a go at them.

“Twenty of his goals must have been over the top, balls that he is running on to, beat the goalie and great finish. You play for Arsenal, you kick off and the other team sit ten men behind the ball.

“Leicester suits Jamie Vardy, in my opinion. He is perfect for them.

“They play his way, they get the ball forward very quickly and he will keep on causing havoc. If he goes to Arsenal, I just don’t see it."

In a nutshell, Merson thinks Vardy would be a square peg trying to fit into a round hole at the Emirates Stadium - it just wouldn’t work.

“That is no disrespect to him,” he added. “I’m not saying he won’t get goals but I don’t think he will get enough opportunities [at Arsenal]. They take too long to get the ball forward.

“I’m not having a go at Vardy. For what he does, he is different class. But you watch him for England the other night [against Portugal] and if you have got ten players behind the ball… I mean Carvalho looked like Beckenbauer.”

Merson makes a good point. Teams line up against Arsenal to frustrate them, suggesting Vardy wouldn’t be afforded anywhere near the same space in behind that he thrives on.

The Gunners might not have a choice in turning their attentions elsewhere, though, after Vardy’s representatives told the club that he would make a decision after Euro 2016.

In waiting for the Englishman, Wenger would risk losing out on a number of other transfer targets, namely Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea and Manchester United have both joined the race to sign the Spanish striker, further limiting Arsenal’s chances of adding a much-needed forward to their attacking ranks.

Reports last month suggested Morata would jump at the chance to move to north London, but fresh rumours claim Chelsea have opened talks to sign him for a fee in the region of £40 million.

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