Saturday 11 June 2016

Ex-Gunners midfielder confirms superstar medical cancelled

The Gunners ex-midfielder, Ray Parlour claimed the Gunners were preparing for the Leicester’s striker Jamie Vardy medical one minute, but it was cancelled the next.

The north Londoners manager, Arsene Wenger activated the £22m release clause in the England forward’s contract last week, however, it is understood that Vardy has turned down a switch to the Emirates in favour of signing a new deal with the Foxes instead.

The England and Leicester striker has spent the last 72 hours excruciating over joining Arsene Wenger’s men.

As quoted by TalkSport, Parlour said, “I was at the Arsenal the other day, there were big reports flying around, and the club’s cameramen and digital staff had to get down to the training ground.”

“So it looked like it was going to happen - there was a medical being done."

“But it seems Vardy thought about it while on England duty, and suddenly there was a U-turn.”

Vardy was in extraordinary form this season for the Foxes as he helped the club create history and win the Premier League, however, it now seems the deal with the North Londoners has fallen through probably due to a change of heart from the 24-goal England frontman.

It appeared last night that Arsenal was content to wait until after the tournament to resume negotiations with Vardy and let him come to a decision.

Vardy appears to want to help Claudio Ranieri’s men defend their Premier League title next season and compete in the Champions League, which will involve snubbing Arsenal.

Nevertheless, Leicester’s are so anxious to keep their star striker that the club’s millionaire Thai owners are willing to approve another wage hike to £90,000-a-week that would make Jamie Vardy the highest earner at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes manager, Claudio Ranieri knows losing the England international could signal a mass departure of ability from his shock title winners and he has asked the club chiefs to make every efforts to impress and breaks the bank to keep Vardy at the Midlands outfit.

In the race for the golden boot, the England international bagged 24-goals to finish just one goal behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

Presumably, "on my opinion, I contemplate that if he joins the Gunners, he will replace Giroud in the starting XI. Last season, the Frenchman had a conversion rate of 20%, while Vardy’s was 25.8%. The England frontman had a better shooting accuracy and his minutes-per-goal record was 130.79, compared 151.5 for Giroud."

In December, Arsene Wenger named the 29-year-old the “best goal-scorer in the league", tallying he thinks the England international is worth £30m.

“You have many players under him who have been paid much more, and who don’t score that number of goals. Without a doubt, he is worth that money today.”

"If at hand, question marks are over Vardy’s age, take notice that Ian Wright did not join Arsenal until he was nearly 28, having also played non-league football a few years earlier."

The Frenchman has also called Vardy an “explosive” player, like Sanchez, and said this when brilliant on the season: “Our movement has to be sharper and our efficiency in the final third has to be better.”

Moreover, the 29-year-old is now preparing for England's opening game in Euro 2016 against Russia this evening and will hope to be included in Roy Hodgson's starting line-up.

Arsenal has already started their summer squad refurbishment after completing the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach.

In addition, yesterday it was officially confirmed that Tomas Rosciky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini were all heading for the Emirates exit.

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