Paul Merson reacts to Arsenal’s pursuit of second summer signing
Paul Merson admits his shock over Arsenal's interest in signing Jamie Vardy from Leicester this summer
Paul Merson has admitted that he was shocked to learn of Arsenal’s interest in signing Jamie Vardy from Leicester City this summer.
The north London side have reportedly tabled a bid of £20m to trigger the release clause in Vardy’s Leicester contract as they aim to lure him to Emirates Stadium this summer.
Vardy is believed to be pondering a move to the north London club, who are said to have offered the 29-year-old striker a four-year contract.
However, the England international is said to be unlikely to make a final decision about his future until after his involvement in Euro 2016.
Former Arsenal man Merson was completely shocked by the north London side’s bid for the striker he feels that he would not suit the Gunners’ style of play.
Speaking to talkSPORT on Wednesday, Merson 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.
“That is no disrespect to him. 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.”
Vardy scored 24 goals in the Premier League last season as he helped to fire Leicester to the title.