The Chalkboard: Jamie Vardy set to renew rivalry with Arsenal

Jamie Vardy’s return to form under Brendan Rodgers has been no coincidence. The striker was devoid of confidence and Claude Puel seemingly had no faith in him.

But how quickly things can change in football. Since Rodgers walked through the doors at the King Power, Vardy has scored seven in seven matches.

It’s a superb record and as Arsenal march into town off the back of a crushing defeat against Wolves and in rather shambolic away from, the ex-England international will hold the key.

On the chalkboard

Vardy has history with Arsenal. Quite a lot in fact. Going into their latest encounter, he’s scored six in seven games, proving just how much of a thorn he’s become in the Islington club’s side.

He also famously rejected a move to the Gunners back in 2016. It’s probably no coincidence that he’s been so good whenever he’s faced them since that moment.

Per quotes from The Independent, Vardy spoke about why he rejected the move in September 2017: “I’m a bit of a psychic, I could see the little downfall they are on now. They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years until last year. That was something to think about.”

Therefore, it would be quite the story if two years down the line, Vardy would dent Arsenal’s hopes of securing Champions League football for the first time since his comments.

It remains a real possibility, though. Arsenal were swatted aside with ease by Wolves and it wouldn’t be surprising if the same thing happened again this weekend.

Vardy will be the first name on Rodgers’ teamsheet and considering the gaps in the channels that Diogo Jota exploited against Unai Emery’s side in midweek, Leicester and their top goal scorer will be licking their lips.

The Arsenal defence has looked patchy to say the least and if the likes of James Maddison and Youri Tielemans can exploit the inevitable gaps then the 32-year-old striker will surely add to his 16 Premier League strikes this term.