Merson says Deeney has to leave Watford for Arsenal

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Paul Merson believes Troy Deeney cannot turn down the chance to leave Watford for Arsenal.

Paul Merson has urged Troy Deeney to make the move to Arsenal, if Watford accept an offer for his services.

Speaking to Sky Sports Fantasy Football Club, the ex-Gunner explained that the lure of signing for Arsenal is too good for Deeney to turn down.

The Star claimed this week Arsenal were considering a £20 million move for the Watford striker, who scored the goals to fire the club to promotion, and has continued that form this season in the Premier League.

Merson explained that by moving to North London, Deeney can achieve more, and must push for the move.

He said: "At Arsenal you are in the Champions League, have a chance of winning the Premier League. Watford are pulling up trees, but for the rest of your career, do you want to stay for a team who might stay up, or might not?

"Nowadays you can't say he might not play a lot because transfer window shuts, and then you only need two injuries and you might play every game, so you have to go, you have to."

Whether Arsenal's reported interest materialises into bid is another matter, while Watford have been vocal about the fact he nor Odion Ighalo are not for sale.

Deeney is a boyhood Arsenal fan, and can surely on one hand understand where Merson is coming from, but he has himself insisted he is keen to stay at Watford.

He told Talksport: "It is very flattering. My son is an Arsenal fan so he read it in the paper the other day and I don’t think he is happy that I am staying at Watford. 

"He doesn’t understand that it is not FIFA and you can’t change the same day!  But we have got a project to complete and the gaffer has stated before that whatever happens in the summer, will happen in the summer."

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