If Jamie Vardy is the answer, then I’d love to know what the question is.
This is such a left field *signing from Arsene, those fans who were screaming for change and ranting for Arsene to change his policy, not even in their wildest imagination did they ever expect this. I have had a week to come to terms with what this signing could mean for Arsenal and our style of play, and I haven’t yet come round to the idea of Jamie Vardy playing for the Arsenal. Back last season when Arsenal beat Leicester 5-2 at the King Power, I distinctly remember tweeting ‘’Builders merchant Vardy scores again’’ or words to that effect, when he (admittedly) scored a good goal against us. But never in a million years did I ever think a 29-year-old, who (correct me if I’m wrong) scored 5 goals in 34 games during Leicester’s first season back in the Premier League – would ever interest Arsene. If I’m brutally honest I never rated Vardy, not because of who he played for, not because he began his trade in Sunday league, but because I felt he wasn’t good enough. I still stand by my original opinion, I don’t believe he is good enough for us, even though he will most likely score bucket loads at the Emirates I have my reservations he would be a total success.
Back in the summer of 2012, Arsene sold a want away RvP to Man United, and as we all know they went on to win the league and our ex-skipper scored a bucket load of goals, Sir Alex then rode off into the sunset to retirement and I can’t help but wonder if Wenger has that at the back of his mind. When Van Persie left he was 29 at the time, he had his best goal scoring season prior to his departure, and he then became frustrated at our lack of ambition and demanded a move as he wanted one last shot at a title. Vardy is 29, coming off the back off the best scoring season he’s had, so already similarities and I’m all for romantics but Vardy is crucially already a league winner, he has it made at Leicester and if he does want to leave, it can only be because he feels the best chance of winning the league again, lies away from Leicester.
I love Arsene, honestly I do but this transfer window is incredibly frustrating for GOOD reasons. Why couldn’t he have been like this in previous windows? So many times I’ve been left annoyed as teams snap up world class players and we were left scrapping the barrel, but the signing of Granit Xhaka couldn’t have got the window off to a better start, then we’ve been linked with Ricardo Rodriguez, a Swiss left back who I would love (sorry Gibbs) to join us, and he seems keen, he’s an international team mate of Xhaka’s and is well courted by many others, but he seems to be leaning towards us. So far so good, Xhaka’s in and rumours of Rodriguez, then came Vardy and another player who I’d love, Mkhtaryan.
More on Mkhitaryan in a bit, but the reason I say this window is frustrating, is I believe we can buy better then Vardy, and should be aiming for such. There are plenty of blogs about (one by Gunners Town’s own @goonerdave66) on why Signing Vardy will surely mean a change in tactics and how we play, something which I don’t agree with. It’s not our style of play that needs to change it’s the players who play it. We are addressing the situation slowly but surely in this window and I feel that a striker in the mould of say… Higuaín or Aubameyang would suit us a lot better than Vardy in the long term. The proposed terms of £120,000 a week for 4 years on top of a reported £22 million fee just seem way out of left field and to be honest I just don’t get it. One good season in my eyes just doesn’t justify a reason to shoe horn him into our side. If Arsene truly is splashing the cash this summer, I’d much rather him bid £40-50 mill for Higuaín or even £60 mill for Aubameyang.
Mkhitaryan seems keen to join us and he has one year left on his deal with Dortmund and has reportedly rejected a new contract. If we can pull this signing off it would be a major coup for us and the Online Soccer Betting experts make us favourites it seems. A genuinely world class player who would fit into our system perfectly, he would instantly displace Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain and link up with Ozil and Sanchez to form a devastating 3 behind the striker. Dortmund already play fast attacking football and he wouldn’t need any adjustment time. A fee of 30 million Euros is quite frankly a bargain in today’s market and if we can get the deal over the line, it would be a great signing.
So often we Arsenal fans are left high and dry in these windows, the majority hang on to every ITK’s word on Twitter and get over excited about transfers that will never happen, Benzema anyone… but this window is different and come August I think we can look on the new season with great optimism.
*I said signing, but at this current moment Vardy is making his official decision on joining after the Euros, it’s never easy supporting Arsenal.
One final thought…
Imagine Vardy does sign and within 3 months he snaps him hammy when he’s running through on goal… it’s a pretty Arsenal thing to happen to be fair…
Until next week.
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