Analysis : What is Jamie Vardy missing for not signing for Arsenal?

Leicester City talisman Jamie Vardy was subject to huge speculations about a move to Arsenal.


The Leicester City forward was a subject of transfer speculation last season after a superb performance en route to Leicester City Premier League triumph. Jamie Vardy from nowhere became an instant hit and terror in the Premier League as he banged in goals week in week out in the League.

This prompted Leicester City to the Premier League summit ahead of usual runners-up Tottenham Hotspur. Vardy was widely rated high in stock among some of the best strikers in the League due to his performance.

This drew comparison with legendary forward like Thierry Henry, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and even Cristiano Ronaldo at some point last term. This led to Arsenal’s pursuit for the services of the lethal forward, who, along with Riyad Mahrez (also Arsenal target), formed a lethal combo that threatened the English League. People will specially remember the performance that defeated Chelsea 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Vardy was also compared to the likes of Sergio Aguero, Romelu Lukaku, Diego Costa and fellow compatriot Harry Kane who rose through the Tottenham youth ranks.

Nonetheless, the English forward decided to stay at Leicester despite improved bid from the London side, while it is sometimes necessary to take another step in the career at his age.

It turned out to be unfortunate in a way for Vardy and Leicester City as N’golo Kante made a move to Chelsea leaving his side to wallow in the glory of the past season.

Leicester failed to live up to the billing in the following season when they were meant to defend their League crown. The loss of N’golo Kante in the midfield pivot limited Leicester’s midfield potentials and flow in transition. This was not helped as well with the proposed dressing room misunderstanding between the Leicester players and club Manager Claudio Ranieri.

This was caused by some section of the clubs which said that the players were not happy with the choice of the coach fielding an Ahmed Musa ahead of more impactful Demarai Gray in their Champions League game against Sevilla.

Vardy was actually instrumental in the Champions League as he got the all important away goal at Sevilla (though a 2-1 loss) when he smashed the ball into the roof of the net to signal. It clearly showed the quality of the striker and leaves people wondering what might have happeneed if he had accepted a proposed move to Arsenal.

The decision to stay at King Power has surely cost the English talent the prospect of receiving quality balls from the plethora of attacking talents like Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

While Vardy’s decision to stay at Leicester showed the world what loyalty is all about, a move to Arsenal would have profited him. This would have increased his chances of finding the back of the net in tandem with Arsenal’s free flowing move.

A move to Arsenal for Vardy would have been a match made in paradise as he would have renewed some tactical correlation with fellow English lads like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in the Arsenal set-up. This would have also elevated him in the pecking order in the England National side bearing in mind the wave of reputation on Danny Welbeck and most especially on Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

All the same, loyalty in the game is a welcome development as the Leicester man made his choice to remain at King Power Stadium with the chance to face the side in the League later in the season after bagging a brace against Arsene Wenger’s side (Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City) on Friday evening.