Arsenal have been urged to battle Chelsea in the transfer race to sign West Ham’s Declan Rice.

The England midfielder is a summer target for Chelsea, who are keen to bring their former academy prospect back to Stamford Bridge.

But former Gunners star Paul Merson believes the 21-year-old has all the qualities necessary to be a hit at Arsenal.

“Chelsea have been linked with him, but I don’t know why Arsenal aren’t looking at Declan Rice,” Merson told Sky Sports. “Arsenal are crying out for a holding midfield player.

Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to go after Declan Rice
Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to go after Declan Rice

“They don’t need a midfielder who’s going to be on the edge of the opposition box, they need a disciplined defensive midfielder, who is going to sit in front of the back four and organise the side; one who, when he gets the ball, gives it simple with 10-yard passes.

“It’s such a hard job and that’s why I can’t believe Arsenal aren’t going in for a player…

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