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'Would make a huge difference': Arsenal told to swoop for £60m Tielemans alternative who 'ticks every box'

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged the Gunners to make a move for Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.

The Highbury icon, writing in the Daily Star, reckons the 27-year-old “ticks every box” for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Arsenal have reportedly got one midfield deal over the line this summer in Porto’s Fabio Vieira.

On Friday, Fabrizio Romano claimed the Gunners would also be moving for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans.

However, Sky Sports reported on Friday night that Arsenal have cooled their interest in the Belgium star.

As for Ward-Prowse, he was outstanding for Southampton all season and is attracting admiring glances from elsewhere.

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The likes of Manchester City, West Ham, Tottenham, Newcastle and Manchester United have been linked.

Earlier this year, talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy made a strong case for Arsenal to go out and sign Ward-Prowse.

Now, Merson has joined Cundy in calling for Edu and Arteta to move for the England international.

“I don’t understand why Arsenal are not pulling out all the stops to try and take James Ward-Prowse from Southampton,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.

“Arsenal need to buy experience and they would be buying an experienced England international who knows the Premier League and would make a huge difference to them.

“Ward-Prowse ticks every box. He is deadly from free kicks. Puts it on a sixpence from corners. What am I missing? Is it because he’s English and only plays for Southampton? I don’t get it.

“I think he’s massively underrated. He could play for any of the top clubs. He would walk into the Manchester United team. He’d be perfect for them as well.”

The Daily Star previously reported that Southampton may value Ward-Prowse at £60million.

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