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Arsene Wenger doesn't expect Jamie Vardy to start for England

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Arsene Wenger is quite possibly sitting at home at this very moment, constantly picking up his phone to check it is still working. The reason? He is expecting a call from Jamie Vardy any moment.

The Leicester City star has been offered the chance to join his Arsenal team after Wenger agreed to meet his £20million release clause. The Gunners offered him a £120,000-a-week deal that, five years ago, when he was playing for Fleetwood Town, he could only dream of.

But the 29-year-old is now in a position where he can reject that contract and still be pretty well off. Leicester do not want him to leave and have offered him a six-figure deal to stay.


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Vardy scored 24 goals en route to winning the Premier League with Leicester last season and is seen by some respected pundits as the perfect striker to add some edge to the Gunners, who finished immediately behind the Foxes.

Some also believe he could star for England as the head into Euro 2016. Alongside Harry Kane, who scored 25 goals for Tottenham in the same campaign, Vardy makes up one of the most exciting forward lines in the 24-team competition.

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But despite being willing to invest huge money in the striker, Wenger does not believe Vardy has the pedigree to start for England. He did, however, say he expects him to make an impact at some point during the contest.

"I don't think that Vardy will be a starter," Wenger said in an interview with beIN Sports. "He has earned his place in the squad.

"I don't say this because he does not have the quality, but because he doesn't have enough experience at that level to say the whole tournament will depend on Vardy. Will he be there? Certainly."

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Slow strikers, big problems

It is a strange comment from a man currently trying to coax him to his club, but he did drop a huge hint as to why he is pulling out the stops to do it. Wenger explained that the evolution of football has required every team to have fast strikers and suggests teams that don't, like Arsenal, have "a big problem".

He said: "Football progresses always. The offence creates a new problem, the defence responds. What has happened in the last 10 years is that the strikers have become quicker and quicker.

"What's happened? The defence have responded by creating quicker and quicker defenders. So now, to put strikers in that are slow, you have a big problem."

We wonder how Olivier Giroud feels about that comment...


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