By Dominic Toner
Gary Lineker believes that Jamie Vardy would have been a guaranteed starter had he joined Arsenal this summer.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he tried to sign the England striker in the transfer window but he snubbed a move to the Emirates to sign a new contract with Premier League champions Leicester.
Several people questioned whether the 29-year-old would have been the main option for Arsene Wenger and he opted to remain with the club who picked him up from non-league football.
Former Leicester player and now pundit Lineker has said that Vardy would have be the first-choice striker at Arsenal if he had joined them.
“I think he’d walk into Arsenal’s team. Have you seen their centre-forwards?” he said, as quoted by talkSPORT. “They’re fine but they’re not as prolific as Vardy. They are not as quick as Vardy and they don’t give you the options Vardy does.
“Olivier Giroud is a certain kind of target man. He will get his one goal in three or whatever it is. Lucas Perez, who they’ve brought in, I quite like but he’s not going to be as prolific as Vardy.”
Vardy has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent years, which has seen him lift an unlikely top-flight league title and make 11 appearances for England to date.
Instead Wenger completed the signing of Spanish forward Lucas Perez on the penultimate day of the transfer window.
The 27-year-old scored scored 17 goals in 37 games for Deportivo La Coruna last season and will now provide competition in attack for Olivier Giroud.
Giroud has been the club’s main striker in recent years and the target man has scored 82 goals in 189 appearances for Arsenal.
Wenger has also tested attackers Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott to lead the line but the capture of Perez should now give him a better alternative.
In other Arsenal news, Wenger has made major claim as he reveals three approaches from Euro giants.