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N'Golo Kante would make Arsenal a formidable force

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Leicester City announced yesterday that star striker Jamie Vardy has agreed terms on a new four-year deal at the King Power Stadium, snubbing a move to Arsenal in the process.

Although Vardy would have given the Gunners an entirely different option up front, is he really the man who would have made them Premier League title winners and serious Champions League contenders?

He is 29-years-old, and arguably past his prime for a striker. He is someone who is suited to a team who sits back, plays counter-attacking football, and hits long balls over the top of the defence into channels for him to chase.


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A move to Arsenal would have seen him playing in a side who, 75% of the time, have the majority of possession, with teams sitting back playing counter-attacking football against them. The England game against Slovakia is a prime example of how Vardy can look completely ineffective against a deep-lying back four with no space to exploit.

Take nothing away from Jamie Vardy, he was one of the best strikers in the league last season, if not the best, but there is a strong argument that he was not the man for Arsenal.

One man who would instantly elevate Arsenal to strong contenders both domestically and on the continent is Vardy's teammate - N'Golo Kante.

If Arsene Wenger was to bring the Frenchman to the Emirates, the Arsenal midfield would all of a sudden take on a formidable look.

With Kante and Granit Xhaka pinning the middle of the park, all of Arsenal's creative talents would be able to purely focus on the attacking side of play, safe in the knowledge they have arguably the world's best ball-winner sitting behind them.

In the current game, there is no-one better at breaking up play than N'Golo Kante. He is only 25, so would be a bargain for the reported £20 million release clause inserted into his contract.

Arsene Wenger seems to be moving for players early this summer in a bid to have a settled squad for the pre-season, and one player in particular he should move for now is the Foxes' French midfield dynamo.

Kante's athleticism, strength and will to win, has attracted some of Europe's most elite clubs, and with The Independent reporting that Leicester are close to agreeing a four-year deal with Nampalys Mendy, the writing would seem to be on the wall regarding Kante's future.

Let's not kid ourselves, Arsenal are still in desperate need of a world-class striker, but losing out on Jamie Vardy should not be seen as a disaster for the Gunners. They can now move for a younger, more classy model, someone in the vein of Alvaro Morata or even Robert Lewandowski.

Firstly though, they should make every attempt possible to sign Kante, and build the foundations that will make Arsenal once again Premier League champions.

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