Jamie Vardy explains exactly what put him off joining Arsenal

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Regardless of how Leicester City do this season, Jamie Vardy will insist he made the right decision by snubbing Arsenal and staying at the King Power Stadium.

It's been a topsy-turvy start for the Foxes having lost three of their opening six Premier League games but claimed all six points in the Champions League so far.

What's guaranteed is Leicester are in for a significantly harder campaign following heavy away defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool, both ending 4-1.


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Even Vardy has struggled for form, scoring twice in the Premier League but squandering a number of chances that he would have buried last time around.

More and more details of his failed £20 million move to Arsenal have emerged over the past few months but now, in his autobiography, he's revealed exactly why he rejected them.

As serialised by The Sun, he wrote: "Arsenal triggered the release clause in my Leicester contract - giving me a huge decision to make.

"I tried to work out the pros and cons.

"With people like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil creating chances, Arsenal felt they could benefit me as much as I could them.

"But I also thought about the tactical aspect.

"You look at Arsenal's style of play and they don’t get the ball forward quickly in the same way Leicester do for those runs I like to make in behind the defence."

That's that then - Vardy isn't a fan of Arsenal's playing style.

The England international thrived from Danny Drinkwater's passes over the top last season, running in behind opposition defences and finishing with aplomb, so it's perhaps easy to see why he decided against leaving.

"One thing that didn't worry me was the idea that I wouldn't be the 'main man' at Arsenal," he added. "Every time I've moved, I've managed to meet the challenge in front of me.

"We even looked at new schools for the children, but I got to the stage where I felt with my heart and head that I wanted to stay at Leicester.

"It wasn't to do with 'loyalty' or how I feel about my team-mates. Players always come and go.

"It was more a case of seeing Leicester as a club that wanted to build on what we achieved with the title and I want to be part of that.

"I'm happy with how everything has turned out."

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