Just weeks after the jubilant scenes of Leicester’s title celebrations, Ranieri’s squad is under threat of being dismantled by the games traditional heavy weights. Widespread reports claim the Foxes’ fairy tale hero Jamie Vardy could be on his way to Arsenal.
A sobering reality is emerging in Leicester as the Champions look to prepare for next season. There were always likely to be big name departures at the KingPower this summer however, the general feeling was that foreign stars Kante and Mahrez would be the most likely to move on to pastures new. Arsenal’s move for Vardy has come out from left-field and the Foxes won’t let their star man leave without a fight.
With the Gunners triggering the £20million release clause in his contract it would seem that it is now solely down to the man himself. Currently in Chantilly with the rest of the England squad, Vardy looks to be taking his time mulling over his future. Leicester are rumored to have tabled a £120,000 a week plea to keep hold of their number nine but now, at 29 years old, a move to Arsenal could secure Vardy’s future at the top.
In a recent interview with Oliver Giroud, the French striker spoke of his optimism of the prospect of such a deal despite the threat to his role in the Arsenal attack. Both most effective through the centre, Vardy and Giroud are still fundamentally different players. Giroud is a target man, he combines aggressive hold up play with close range goalscoring and rarely runs with the ball at his feet. Contrastingly, Vardy is at his best when running at the opposition or latching on to through balls. A one and one expert his style would add a new dimension to Arsenal’s attack.
But still, even after the season Vardy has had, it is understandable why some Arsenal fans are turning their noses up at the prospect of signing the England international. Since, Van Persie left for Old Trafford there has been a distinct lack of world class goalscorer at the Emirates.
There is no doubt that Vardy would add something to Wenger’s squad and, after the season he has had with Leicester, most now consider him of international quality however, he is still not the world beater Arsenal require.
City have Aguero, United have Martial, Chelsea have Costa. To compete with the best Wenger may have to look abroad. Benzema, Higuian and Aubameyang all have been linked with the Gunner’s in recent times and would be more substantial acquisitions than this season’s FWA player of the year.