‘We supplied him some huge cash’ – Wenger explains why Vardy turned down Arsenal

The legendary former Gunners boss has admitted making lucrative offers to the Leicester striker only to see his advances rejected

Arsene Wenger admits “offering a lot of money” to bring Jamie Vardy to Arsenal in 2016 but his advances have been rejected and the Gunners missed one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League.

An enigmatic character in the Foxes’ books attracted admiring glances from north London after helping bring King Power Stadium to a notable Premier League title triumph.

Vardy had proven himself more than capable of mixing it up with the elite of English football, obviously making him attractive to any number of rivals, but a move to north London could never be enforced.

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What was said

Asked on being in sports How close he got to Vardy during his time at Arsenal, Wenger said: “I offered him a lot of money back then.

“Leicester had just won the championship in 2016 and [Vichai] Srivaddhanaprabha, who unfortunately did not want to lose after the helicopter accident, offered him a longer contract and about the same money, if not more. “

Wenger added when asked if Vardy would have suited his system: “We had more of the ball, yes, but still around the box, the times of his runs, he finds the place.

“When you see the big strikers, when others stop in the box, they are on the move, and he did.

“You see, they read (the game) earlier than others, they expect better, they understand what’s going on faster than other people, and (he has) that quality of anticipation, that speed of understanding.”

Why did Arsenal want Vardy?

In the 2015/016 season, which was only Vardy’s second in the Premier League, Leicester stormed to the most unexpected title wins.

Her No. 9 cited those charges, with the target found 24 times.

Olivier Giroud, Arsenal’s leading scorer this season, achieved that total return but only managed 16 attempts in the league.

Wenger wanted another front man to run after and move the opposition defenses, but saw Vardy sign new terms at King Power Stadium.

Former Arsenal transfer fixer Dick Law has made this claim in the recent past The Gunners had made an agreement, only that the player had a change of heart.

He said The athlete in April 2020: “The deal with Leicester has been closed, the deal with the player has been closed.

“He came to visit with his wife Rebekah, he sat on the couch in front of Arsene… and then he withdrew.

“On the way back to Leicester, I get a call from the player who says he wants to think about it overnight. At this point, you know it is bad news. “

The bigger picture

Vardy scored 144 goals in 333 games for Leicester.

Of those efforts, 115 made it to the Premier League – He is one of 29 centurions in the top English group.

He signed his final contract renewal with the Foxes in 2020 for a three-year contract that will keep him in the East Midlands beyond his 36th birthday.

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