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The real reason Jamie Vardy snubbed Arsenal revealed by SSN
According to Sky Sports News, the real reason Jamie Vardy snubbed a £20m move to Arsenal is that he was not convinced our style of play suited his game.
After weeks of speculation, yesterday Vardy finally confirmed his decision to reject a proposed move to Arsenal after agreeing to sign a new four-year contract extension with Leicester City.
Arsenal had agreed to trigger the strikers £30m release clause and reports in the media suggested the player had verbally agreed terms over a three-year deal worth £120,000-a-week following talks with Arsene Wenger.
However, after mulling over the move for the last couple of weeks, Vardy decided to stay with Leicester and many assumed it was because he felt he owed it to the Foxes to play in the Champions League with them after helping fire them to the title. Plus, they had offered him the security of an extra year on his deal.
However, Sky Sports News claim that the actual reason was because Vardy had concerns that he wouldn’t fit in to Arsenal’s style of play – something I’ve eluded to several times during this whole saga.
Vardy excelled in a Leicester side that played on the counter attack which allowed him to utilise his pace, however, at Arsenal we largely play on the front foot and try to break down 10-man defences for the entire 90 minutes.
Vardy wouldn’t have the space he needs to do his thing so it’s understandable that the striker was concerned he wouldn’t fit in, and I know many Arsenal fans, myself included, shared the same concerns.
Sky Sports also claim that Wenger didn’t give Vardy any guarantees that he wouldn’t be played out of position at Arsenal with many believing that the boss had earmarked the 29-year-old to play out on the wing at times.
As I’ve said many times, there was always a worry that Vardy wouldn’t fit in at Arsenal and I’m glad the player realised this too. It also shows us that he doesn’t have the confidence in his own ability to adapt his style to play, so we’re better off moving on to other targets.