By London correspondent Tony Hughes

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Stan Collymore has backed Jamie Vardy to be a “goal pig” if Arsenal take full advantage of his searing pace with the right service.

As reported by Football Insider on Saturday, Vardy is set to undergo an Arsenal medical on Sunday after telling Leicester he wants to leave.

The Gunners have triggered the £22million release clause in the striker’s Leicester contract and are ready to hand him a four-year, £120,000-a-week contract.

Vardy’s impending move to Emirates Stadium has prompted concern in some quarters that his game is not ideally suited to Arsenal’s pass-oriented style of play.

The 29-year-old had huge success this season in Leicester’s counter-attacking style, which brought the best out of his ability to run in behind defences.

Former England and Liverpool striker Collymore says the key to Arsenal maximising’s Vardy’s skills is for their creative midfielders like Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla to find the striker with quick, early passes.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Collymore explained how to get the best out of Vardy with two posts:

Vardy is keen to move to Emirates Stadium and complete the transfer before England fly to France on Monday for their Euro 2016 campaign.

It will be an incredibly tight turnaround for both the player and Arsenal but all parties are now confident the paperwork can be finalised by Monday at the latest.

Manager Arsene Wenger has made his move after learning that Vardy has a release clause in the £70,000-a-week contract he signed in February.

The agreement is understood to state that the release clause must be triggered by a specific date, which is understood to be 3 June.

It is understood Vardy has given the green light to make a stunning transfer to the north Londoners, who finished one place below Leicester in the recently completed domestic season.


Wenger is keen to strengthen an attack that will be deprived of Danny Welbeck for most of next season and with considerable doubts over whether Theo Walcott will be at the club beyond the summer.

Vardy has been targeted on the back of an incredible season in which he scored 24 Premier League goals to lead Leicester to an against-the-odds title.

In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are expected to field a £25million offer for one of their star names.