By Dominic Toner
Jamie Vardy has revealed that he rejected a move to Arsenal in the summer because of their style of football.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he tried to sign Vardy in the transfer window but the striker snubbed a move to the Emirates to sign a new contract with Premier League champions Leicester.
The 29-year-old was a key figure in Leicester’s unlikely triumph last season and could have completed a move to the Arsenal.
But Vardy has revealed that after weighing up Arsenal’s offer he made the shock decision to reject it due to their playing style and opted instead to stay with the side that picked him up from non-league football.
“With people like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil creating chances, Arsenal felt they could benefit me as much as I could them,” he told the Mirror. “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.”
Arsenal are well known for their patient passing and possession based domination in matches.
Vardy, who scored 24 league goals in just 36 appearances last season, is a striker that enjoys success from his runs behind defenders.
The England international admits he would have found it difficult with Arsenal’s style of play and instead is embarking on Leicester’s first ever appearance in the Champions League.
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 is providing competition for Alexis Sanchez and Olviier Giroud in attack.
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