On loan from Manchester United at Villa Park this season, Merson made it clear that he doesn't think the player is of the level required to make the switch to the Gunners, despite being linked to the Emirates in recent weeks.
"I don’t think he’s good enough to play for Arsenal," Merson said on Sky Sports News. "That’s my opinion.
“He wasn’t good enough to play for Man United so why is he good enough to play for Arsenal? I see him playing in London next season if I’m being honest. I think that’s where he’d rather be."
The England midfielder's contract at Old Trafford is set to expire this summer, meaning he can move to any club that are interested in signing him without a transfer fee being involved.
It has led a whole host of clubs being linked with him according to Sky Sports, including Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, Wolfsburg and of course Aston Villa.
Cleverley's form has improved dramatically since Tim Sherwood took charge at Villa Park, and he has publicly stated that he wants the 25-year-old to sign permanently once his loan contract runs out.
But Merson's words seem to indicate that one of the London clubs may be in with a good shout, and Watford, where he had such a good spell earlier in his career, may fancy their chances of pulling off a coup after winning promotion, while Crystal Palace and West Ham also fit that location if Cleverley was set on a move to the capital.