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Jamie Vardy finally explains his decision to reject Arsenal in 2016

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy had the opportunity to join Arsenal last summer following the Foxes incredible Premier League title success.

The former non-league man rejected Arsene Wenger and decided to stay and help Leicester in their first ever Champions League campaign.

Italian manager Claudio Ranieri was controversially sacked in February with his Premier League winners embroiled in a relegation battle.

Knocked out the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, Craig Shakespeare came in and steadied the ship, eventually securing a 12th placed finish.

Magnificent in the season prior, Vardy finished the season with 13 Premier League goals but only managed five under Ranieri.

He gave an exclusive interview to The Telegraph on Wednesday in which he spoke about his decision to reject Arsenal.

Having relied heavily on Olivier Giroud in recent years, the Gunners this summer completed the £52m signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

The 26-year-old Frenchman netted on his Premier League debut but was relegated to the bench for their recent 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.

Vardy claims he foresaw Arsenal's fall from grace, with the Gunners failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in the 21st century.

"I'm a bit of a psychic," Vardy said to The Telegraph. "I could see the little downfall they [Arsenal] are on now.

"They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years until last year. That was something to think about.

"Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico (Madrid) we could have gone even further.

"But there were all sorts (of reasons). Football was the main thing but moving the family when I'd just bought a house would have been a laugh - not."

Vardy was asked if he regretted snubbing the opportunity to join Arsenal when the Gunners lifted the FA Cup in May.

"It wasn't the Premier League was it? So we're all right with that I think," Vardy said. "I'll never regret anything I've chosen to do."

Arsenal haven't won a Premier League title since 2004 and pressure continues to build upon the veteran French manager.

Wenger signed a new two-year deal over the summer but the majority of the Arsenal fan base believe it's time for him to step down.

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