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Merson: Arsenal won't suit Vardy

2016-06-09 10:11
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Cape Town - Former Arsenal winger Paul Merson is shocked by the Gunners' decision to make a move for Leicester City striker and England international Jamie Vardy.

The Gunners have reportedly met the £20million release clause in the 29-year-old's contract and Vardy is said to be weighing up his options ahead of a potential move to the Emirates Stadium.

Merson is not convinced the Premier League Player of the Season would fit into the North London outfit's style of play.

"I'm shocked. I'm absolutely flabbergasted with it. Arsenal don't get the ball forward quick enough for Jamie Vardy," he told talkSPORT.

"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 10 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.

"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 10 players behind the ball. I mean Carvalho looked like Beckenbauer," Merson concluded.

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