Ian Wright: Jamie Vardy could be the answer to Arsenal's title drought

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Jamie Vardy’s rumoured move to Arsenal has been the subject of much debate ever since reports emerged of his £20 million release clause being triggered.

Some believe the England international would be a sound acquisition for the Gunners; others believe it would be money wasted on Arsene Wenger’s part.

And such speculation will continue to swirl around Vardy’s future until he eventually makes his highly-anticipated decision.


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For one Arsenal legend, though, the 29-year-old is precisely the signing needed at the Emirates Stadium.

Vardy has assembled quite the fan base over the past year, but his biggest admirer appears to be none other than Ian Wright.

So much so that the Arsenal legend believes his countryman could be the missing piece to Arsenal’s title puzzle.

Writing for The Sun, he said: “In my view Vardy ticks all the boxes, in terms of ability, attitude, effort and achievement.

“He’ll run all day, he’ll work his socks off every second he’s on the pitch and the fans would absolutely idolise him.

“Throw in his goalscoring record at the highest level and you’re talking about a real winner.”

Wright expressed amusement at the fact Arsenal fans are wary of Vardy’s age, and used his own signing as a perfect example of why being 29 matters little.

“Do people not realise that when I signed for Arsenal my next birthday was my 29th?” he added.

“I wasn’t a teenager in the first flushes of their career. I was just over a year away from being a 30-something! But I’d like to think I did okay for the club.”

The former striker quashed any belief that Vardy wouldn't fit into Arsenal’s style of play.

“If you’re a clever player - and Vardy is - then you have the ability to change your game. The idea you only have one way of playing is as insulting as it’s wrong.

“And so what if signing Vardy means teams suddenly start dropping deep to stop him getting behind?

“If that happens, all it does is leave more space for the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and all those creative sorts.

“I’m delighted to see Arsene going for an English striker who is a proven Premier League goalscorer. And, equally important, someone who is a winner.”

Wright also had a message for those who ever doubted Vardy.

“I’ve been banging the drum about him ever since Leicester’s 5-3 win over United in September 2014.

“In fact I said then that if he carried on, there was every chance he could get an England call. I got loads of stick for that as well.

“Well, all those who panned me at the time have gone very quiet since. If his signing helps Arsenal to the title, they won’t be complaining then, either."

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