Signing Jamie Vardy would be a mistake for Arsenal because the striker does not suit their style of play, according to Paul Merson.
Goal understands that the Gunners are close to securing a deal for the Leicester City star after activating his £20 million release clause.
Vardy scored 24 goals in the Premier League last season but Merson, who made over 400 appearances for Arsenal, has urged Arsene Wenger not to make the signing.
“I’m shocked. I’m absolutely flabbergasted with it,” Merson told talkSPORT.
“Arsenal don’t get the ball forward quickly 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.
“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, Ricardo Carvalho looked like Franz Beckenbauer.”