Jamie Vardy And Arsenal

To misquote Gary Oldman in ‘The Dark Knight,’ “He is the hero we deserve, but not the one we need.”

Well, the reason for this slightly incorrect snippet, is that it fits like a glove – or armcast if you will – for Jamie Vardy joining Arsenal.


Last season, his exploits for Leicester were well documented. 24 goals, a constant plague upon each defence he faced. An interminable presence of energy and defenders had no answer to him. It is quite easy to dismiss his achievements, but the underlying fact is that each team who faced him made special arrangements, or tailored their instructions, to face off against the England striker.

As of yesterday, a simple rumour – the type of which Gooners are faced with on a daily basis and pay no heed to – soon sparked into life when it became evident that the transfer oracle himself, the beacon of virtue, BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, was behind the story.

From humble beginnings this whisper became a mighty roar. Social networks were awash with Vardy talk. Everyone was hungry for details. Newspapers soon latched on and the story was disseminated.

The real clincher though, was at Arsenal’s official Question and Answer event last night. Goonersphere’s own @GreeneBantern was present on the night, and he saw and heard the club’s own Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis, confirm the story. Have a look at the @Goonersphere twitter account which gives you all you need to know from the event.

So, we now have the truth. Arsenal have officially approached Leicester City, and activated the release clause in Jamie Vardy’s contract, believed to be in the region of £15-20million. This grants us the chance to sit down and thrash out personal terms with the WKD guzzling hitman.

Is he a fit for our club though?

Arsenal are one of the rare instances where the club, in its present incarnation, has been hewn from its traditions and history. ‘The Arsenal Way’ is far more than just a phrase, for the players, it is a way of life.

Jamie Vardy has courted controversy, and would have to adapt to ensure he fitted in at the club. His outward persona, and reputation, are at odds with our club, but it would not be the first time we have had a player who wasn’t exactly squeaky clean.

If he can change, then there shouldn’t be a question on whether he would slot in seamlessly on the pitch. Our team last season cried out for a player of Vardy’s ilk, his non-stop movement and incisive runs, is manna from heaven for the vision of Mesut Ozil. His pace is just another reason why he has the tools necessary to succeed at The Emirates.

So, what of the price? Well, it is anywhere between £15m and £20m at present. At 29 years old, he is at his peak currently, but he maybe has two or three seasons at the very top. Whilst his body hasn’t had to deal with the rigours of top flight football for ten years – which may extend his career somewhat, if we do purchase Vardy – it is a move for the present, not the future.

This is at odds with Wenger’s previous tack in regards to transfers, but this is a refreshing change from our manager. With Granit Xhaka already at the club, it shows he wants to address the weaknesses in our side now, rather than wait for players to bloom.

Some will show dismay that we haven’t gone for Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang, but he was never going to sign for us. His hearts desire is Real Madrid. With this move for Jamie Vardy, we have gone in for a player who has proved his credentials in the very League we aim to compete for. It is a signal that we are finally willing to concede, that our squad needed a boost.

Jamie Vardy isn’t the player we want right now, but he is the player we need.

13 thoughts on “Jamie Vardy And Arsenal”

  1. Good article. Surely purchasing Vardy will require a complete shift in strategy? Leicester utilised his pace and dynamism by sitting back and soaking up pressure. We showed against Man City that this can work for us but surely if Wenger really considered this as a preferred method then he would have done it before now on a more regular basis? Isn’t that the kind of tactics Walcott has been crying out for! Maybe Arsene intends to use them both in this way? I can’t see it personally. It was evident from England’s game against Portugal that Vardy is not effective when you are camped out in the opponent’s final third. This is not a criticism of Vardy just a statement of fact. He is good at what he does, which is what Leicester do. Not what Arsenal do.

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    1. Love this comment. I think Theo would definitely prosper with that setup, but it seems with this move that AW may have lost patience with Theo as a ST.

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    2. With respect to England, they have nowhere near the creativity Arsenal do. Vardy might be a lot better suited to a possession game with the likes of Ozil unlocking the defence. Plus arguably in those types of games we’ve been crying out for someone with his movement…

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  2. I agree, which seems harsh but not entirely surprising. Theo lacks the dynamism of Jamie Vardy and the direction. And that direction is straight forward and top speed. I do believe that Theo has had his youth and talent squandered by a decade of misuse but that is an article for another time. I think there is every chance Theo would score 20+ goals playing for Leicester in their current set-up. If AW does indeed but Vardy, and I for one don’t think Vardy will leave, then I hope he doesn’t try to repeatedly try to smash this particular square peg into one of our many round holes. At least Jack will get a driving buddy I suppose.

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  3. The thought of Vardy’s pace, direct attacking and movement combined with Özil’s astute passing is mouth watering I will concede. I will stick to my guns though and say that great players aren’t born at 29. I like Vardy and I wish him well, I just think he was the right player at the right time for Leicester. I would feel more comfortable with someone of Edinson Cavani’s stuture coming in. He is fast. He can score and he works his balls off in every game and has only seen a dip in his goal column because he has been stuck out on the wing at PSG to accomodate Zlatan. Alas, AW will go for Vardy because he is the cheaper option and many will be seduced by his sudden illustrious rise in profile. I remember when he was warming the bench for Blackpool when they were in the BPL not so long ago.

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  4. Hey people get this please… ALL THOSE ALTERNATIVES YOU ARE SUGGESTING HAVE TO BE AVAILABLE. These transfers do NOT just depend on AW’s desires.

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      1. I think Cavani would be cheaper this summer too, but that ship has sailed. With Ibrahimovic going, he’ll have a chance to be main man at PSG.


      2. It’s all irrelevant anyway as it is just speculation. We should know by now we cannot second guess AW. In my opinion the squad is poor and needs a lot of work but I fully expect another summer of disappointing recruitment. And with the so many new managers all spending big there is a real risk of us being left behind.

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