While question marks remain on the possibility of Leicester City and Three Lions forward joining Arsenal in the summer, it appears to have been doused by the odds of online sportsbook My Bookie which has reduced the odds on his movement to Arsenal after the tournament.
Jamie Vardy appears undecided on the choice to make between joining a big Arsenal team which would fetch him more salary, commercial branding and opportunity of winning more titles or stick with his club Leicester City which made history after winning the Premier League for the first time in their history last season. At Leicester, Vardy is the focal man with the team playing to his strengths which are his pace and ability to finish in the 18 yard box of the opponent. At 29, this might be Vardy’s last opportunity to join a big European club as his age and form might be downward in a little while but this has not been enough to convince him to leave a Leicester side that plucked him from the English football lower tiers some years ago and made him the star he is today.
At Arsenal, Vardy might appear to be an upgrade on Oliver Giroud and Theo Walcott but his style of play is contradictory to that of the Arsenal team. The 29-year-old Sheffield born forward is a type of forward who thrives on spaces and loves to out run defenders and get into dangerous areas and this is difficult to do while playing
the possession based football of Arsenal which would most likely force him to play further high and risk being played offside by tactical Premier league defenders. At Leicester, Claudio Ranieri’s team does little attacking with the likes of Marc Albrington, N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater playing deep and pushing forward on
counter-attack immediately the ball is recovered which perfectly suits Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Okazaki.
Vardy also appears a temporary solution for an Arsenal side which has not won the Premier League for the past 12 years as his age clearly is on the high. This might not trouble Arsene Wenger much as age sometimes is just a number with the likes of Didier Drogba, Ryan Giggs, Steven Gerard and John Terry all performing amicably even after turning 30.
The decision to move to Arsenal might be a difficult choice for Vardy and maybe the most important of his career as he also weighs the burden of uprooting his family from the comfort of Leicester to North London after recently marrying the mother (Rebecca) of his two daughters shortly before the Euro’s.
Whatever happens for now, Arsenal looks more likely to be his destination in the summer as the club must have done their home work perfectly well before triggering the striker’s £20 million release clause some weeks ago.