Gary Lineker taunts Arsenal over failed Jamie Vardy transfer

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Jamie Vardy provided one of the shocks of the summer when he turned down Arsenal to sign a new deal with Leicester.

The England striker was given a bumper contract to remain with the Premier League champions, but it was a bold decision nonetheless.

At the time, the general consensus was that it was probably for the best, given that Vardy and Arsenal's styles of play are about as polar opposite as you can get.


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It's almost impossible to imagine the Gunners booting the ball up the pitch to the forward, so it's not inconceivable that if he had moved to the Emirates, he would have struggled.

Claudio Ranieri knows how to get the best out of him, but that doesn't mean Arsene Wenger would have been able to.

However, Gary Lineker - who has been firmly back on the Leicester bandwagon ever since they looked in with a genuine chance of winning the title - has made a rather interesting claim.

Lineker's view 

The striker turned presenter believes that Vardy would "walk into Arsenal's team", as per the Mirror.

"Have you seen their centre-forwards? They’re fine but they’re not as prolific as Vardy," he added.

“They are not as quick as Vardy and they don’t give you the options that Vardy does.”

While that's a pretty audacious claim from Lineker, does he have a point?

Arsenal's problems up front are far from a secret. Wenger largely relies on Olivier Giroud, but he did bring in Lucas Perez in the summer, chiefly because he was unsuccessful in his pursuit of Vardy.

No one-season wonder

The 29-year-old has found the back of the net twice in four games already in the Premier League this season, so any suggestions that he was a one-season wonder aren't proving to be the case.

Perez didn't look all that impressive on his debut against Southampton, while in the opening games of the season, Alexis Sanchez reminded us all that he is most definitely not an out-and-out striker.

When Arsenal's attacking options are carefully examined, then maybe Vardy would have walked into the starting XI after all, even if it made Wenger having to abandon his principles and adopt some Ranieri-style tactics.

To be fair, it takes a special player to tempt Wenger to spend £20million, so he must have known all along that he'd be left to regret it if Vardy turned Arsenal down.

Would Jamie Vardy have been a success if he'd signed for Arsenal? Have your say in the comments. 

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