Koscielny rates Vardy highly.

Jamie Vardy is praised by Laurent Koscielny ahead of proposed move to Arsenal

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The Jamie Vardy transfer saga has already rumbled on for four days and the conclusion is still unknown.

Reports broke out of the blue on Friday that the Gunners had triggered the striker’s £20 million release clause and it was believed that the deal would be confirmed on Monday.

As Leicester fans waited nervously and Arsenal fans in anticipation, Monday went by without any confirmation and 24 hours it still doesn’t appear the transfer is any closer.


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Olivier Giroud has already spoken about the prospect of Vardy joining the north London club and now it’s time for Laurent Koscielny to give his opinion on the 29-year-old.

The French defender knows all about the lively striker as Vardy scored three times against the Gunners in the two league meetings between the sides - despite Arsenal winning on both occasions.

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Koscielny on Vardy

And Koscielny is well aware that, if Arsenal can complete the signing of Vardy who scored 24 league goals last season, they will be securing the services of a natural goalscorer.

“Jamie Vardy is hard to play against because he likes to use depth, he’s very good at running behind the defence and in front of goal, he doesn’t think, he feels the goal, as soon as he can shoot, he does,” he told reporters.


“He’s proved this season with Leicester than he can be a great striker, and he’s scored some goals with England. He will be a very good striker during the Euros.”

While Koscielny believes Vardy will impress during this summer’s competition, Arsene Wenger has other ideas.

Wenger on Vardy

Despite his interest in signing the goalscorer, the Arsenal boss doesn’t think he will start for England in the coming weeks.

"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."

Vardy's decision

However, it’s still unclear what Vardy makes of Arsenal’s interest. He has clearly delayed his decision suggesting he is not wholly sold on the idea of joining the north London club.

Vardy turns 30 in January and the chance to join a big Premier League club may not come around again. Having said that, the chance to become a club legend if he remains at Leicester until he retires must appeal - especially considering the fact that the Foxes will be competing in the Champions League next season.

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