Paul Merson makes bold claim about Arsenal and £20m striker

Paul Merson doesn't believe Jamie Vardy will move to Arsenal this summer

Paul Merson has poured cold water on talk of Arsenal signing Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy this summer.

The north London outfit have been linked with a surprise £20m move for the Foxes centre-forward as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his attacking options at the Emirates Stadium.

Vardy scored 24 times in 36 Premier League games for the English champions – only Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane netted more goals than his England colleague.

Former Arsenal playmaker Merson explained why he believes Vardy won’t complete his touted £20m move to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

“If Arsenal come calling for you, and you don’t come in the first 24 hours then you aren’t signing,” Merson told talkSPORT.

“I mean, you are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world. Everybody wants to play for Arsenal.”

Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table following a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at The Emirates on the final day of the 2015/16 season.

France striker Olivier Giroud scored 16 times in 38 Premier League appearances for the north London side last season.

Only Alexis Sanchez managed to join Giroud in double figures in terms of Premier League goals as Danny Welbeck endured an injury-hit season.

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