Nobody knows what’s happening anymore. Just days ago it seemed that Arsenal had wrapped up the signing of Jamie Vardy from Leicester but as EURO 2016 grows ever closer, the signing looks less and less likely.
Vardy scored an outstanding 24 goals for the Foxes last season, whereas Arsenal’s top scorer, Olivier Giroud, scored eight fewer as Arsenal finished 10 points behind Claudio Ranieri’s men. Giroud even went through a 15-game goalless spell, while the English striker scored in 11 consecutive league games, a Premier League record.
Fans may be wondering what is taking the two clubs so long to complete the deal. Vardy’s agent is no longer allowed to communicate with him whilst he as at EURO 2016 with England, so the deal will surely not be signed until after the competition in France (or when England are knocked out on penalties).
Even though Vardy had an incredible breakthrough campaign, there are plenty of signs showing that Vardy and Arsenal may not be the best fit…
Arsenal fans, wait a minute before you lose your heads! Yes, Giroud didn’t have the greatest of seasons last year, but the Frenchman has come into form in recent weeks – he ended the Premier League season with a goal at Man City and a hat-trick against Aston Villa, after all.
Giroud then went on to score a number of great goals for France in the build up to EURO 2016. When he is on form, there’s hardly any way of stopping him.
Arsenal fans have literally been begging Arsene Wenger to sign a striker for years now and of course, this year is no different. Even though Vardy had an outstanding campaign this year, he is still relatively unproven and there are plenty of incredible strikers around the world that, if Arsenal were to open up their chequebook, would find it hard to turn down the glamour of London.
Vardy has been the star forward at Leicester this season, joint up with Shinji Okazaki in a 4-4-2 system. Meanwhile, wenger has always opted to start with a 4-2-3-1 formation. A big worry for Arsenal fans is that Wenger likes to plant his forwards on the wing, which, as we have seen Vardy is not suited to when Roy Hodgson plays him there in the England set up.
Arsenal are renowned for their passing play whereas Vardy is a player who loves to run and in behind players.
Arsenal have plenty of talented skilful playmakers who run forward and give the ball to team-mates in better positions. Vardy would not have another forward to play off and he is clearly better suited at Leicester.
Whether people like it or not, age is a major factor nowadays especially in football, and Wenger so often chooses to sign younger players so that he can build for the future.
As he enters the final stages of his time at Arsenal, he may be wanting to sign players for short-term success, but Vardy doesn’t have much longer left at the very top. He is the same age as Giroud and Arsenal fans will surely want a man that can take Arsenal forward, not just for next season, but over time.