In what was one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer, Arsenal’s pursuit of Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy ultimately ended in Vardy staying put at the East Midland’s club.
Although Vardy had signed a new contract with Leicester back in January, it was discovered that the striker had a £20 million release clause in his contract. Before England left for the Euros, Arsenal triggered the release clause and looked as if they had sealed the deal for the striker having agreed terms too.
The move became drawn out and Vardy ultimately declined the move. Now, however, Vardy has opened up on the move in his new autobiography, as heard via the Express.
‘With people like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil creating chances, Arsenal felt they could benefit me as much as I could them, but I also thought about the tactical aspect.’
‘You look at Arsenal’s style of play and they don’t get the ball forward quickly in the same way Leicester do for those runs I like to make in behind the defence.’
The striker also argued that he wasn’t worried about fitting into the Arsenal team.
‘One thing that didn’t worry me was the idea that I wouldn’t be the “main man” at Arsenal. Every time I’ve moved, I’ve managed to meet the challenge in front of me.’
Arsenal eventually settled on Lucas Perez, while currently playing Sanchez up front, it remains to be seen if Vardy made the right decision to stay at Leicester.