Arsene Wenger has recently commented on Jamie Vardy’s potential role at the Euro 2016 Championships, while also subtly hitting out at Olivier Giroud (via The Evening Standard).
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The Jamie Vardy to Arsenal saga hasn’t been resolved as quickly as it initially seemed like it would, but many are still confident that the move will eventually go through.
Despite the fact that Wenger is reportedly set to splash around £20m on the Leicester City striker, the Frenchman doesn’t think Vardy will be a regular starter at the Euros this summer.
“I don’t think that he will be a starter,” Wenger told beIN Sports (via The Evening Standard).
“I don’t say this because he does not have the quality, but because he doesn’t have enough experience at that level to say the whole tournament will depend on Vardy. Football progresses always — the offence creates a new problem, the defence responds.
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“What has happened in the last ten years is that the strikers have become quicker and quicker. What’s happened? The defence have responded by creating quicker and quicker defenders. So now to put strikers in who are slow you have a problem, so pace will be needed.”
While discussing Vardy’s prospects this summer, Wenger also discussed the importance of pace in a striker’s game in modern football. While perhaps not intentional, this is unquestionably a bit of a dig at Olivier Giroud, who is unfortunately one of the slowest strikers around.
The French forward definitely has other positive attributes, but as Wenger states pace has become more and more important in football. Players are expected to cover more ground and perform more than just one role nowadays, and without pace and agility that becomes far more difficult.
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Vardy has more pace than most, so it’s easy to see why we’re being linked with him. He’s been one of the most in-form strikers around, and while a number of fans feel like the 29-year-old isn’t the right fit for Arsenal, he’d certainly add something a little different to the team.