Robert Pires wants Arsenal to take a risk on Jamie Vardy this summer

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Arsenal legend Robert Pires is clearly desperate for his former employers to splash the cash this summer.

Just last week, the Frenchman earmarked Everton’s John Stones as the centre-back he would love to see play alongside Laurent Koscielny.

“Imagine Stones and Koscielny at the back, would be a good defence,” he said, per the Mirror.


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Pires has Arsenal’s best interests at heart, of course, after the Gunners saw their wait for a Premier League title extend to 12 years last term.

And it would seem he’s urged manager Arsene Wenger to sign another England international.

According to the Daily Mail, the former midfielder believes Arsenal should take a risk and go all out to capture Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy this summer.

The 29-year-old, currently at Euro 2016 with the England national team, has reportedly been offered a £120,000-per-week contract to move to the Emirates Stadium after his £20 million release clause was triggered.

He is yet to make a decision on his future, though, and will wait until after the tournament to do so.

But for Pires, Vardy would be a wise piece of business for Arsenal.

He said: “There is no reason why it couldn’t work out for Vardy. He scored a lot of goals in the Premier League last season and is now known around the world.

“He has the ability, comes across as very hard-working which Arsenal like, and he’s a great finisher. There’s a lot more pressure with playing for a big club, so it will be a step up.

“A lot is said about Arsenal going forward and if you look at goals scored, they were only a few goals off finishing top of that chart. Vardy’s addition could help next year.”

Pires also revealed his delight at Granit Xhaka’s £30 million arrival last month.

“Xhaka is a great signing and to be honest, I’m not sure how many more players are needed,” the Frenchman added.

Whilst their pursuit of Vardy is ongoing, it would seem Arsenal’s bid to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan is all but over.

Reports recently suggested the Armenian fancied a £25 million move to the Emirates Stadium, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

According to Manchester Evening News, Mkhitaryan would prefer a move to Manchester United as of when he departs Dortmund.

The Bundesliga giants are unwilling to entertain his desire to leave, though.

“We have intensely discussed the question of an early transfer in all club bodies and came to the conclusion that Mkhitaryan will stay in Dortmund next season,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said.

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