Jamie Vardy won’t be joining Arsenal, and I think that’s great. Here are three reasons why:
No need to change the Arsenal playing style for him.
It is quite obvious that his game is suited to a certain football – direct with a lot of space in front of him for him to run at.
Those conditions rarely happen for the Arsenal except in games against Barcelona, Manchester City or Bayern Munich, where Arsenal have to chase the ball and defend deep.
So going from a ball-possession style to a counter-attacking style for one player would have been unusual and probably render useless a good number of players in the squad.
No money spent on a short-term solution.
There is no doubt that there was a finishing problem last season and Giroud, Sanchez plus Welbeck did not score enough. But Vardy would have been a short-term fix rather than a long term solution.
Bringing in a younger centre forward who could give five or six good years of service and goals makes more sense in a long term view.
The racist side, no need to expand on this, it is clear for all to see.
Do Arsenal want to have that kind of personality at the club? Unfortunately the answer is ‘yes’ as seen with the pursuit of Suarez. Another one that, luckily, ‘got away’.
A better centre forward can be bought who will push Arsenal to the next level.
Who that is we aren’t quite sure. But we’re all glad it wasn’t Jamie Vardy.