Jamie Vardy has explained why he opted to snub a move to Arsenal in the summer after the Gunners had agreed to pay his release clause.
The Leicester City striker looked set to be moving to north London after winning the title with the Foxes before ultimately deciding to remain at the King Power Stadium and signing a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2019.
Vardy says that while he was tempted to make the move he was concerned he would not fit in with Arsenal’s style of play.
“With people like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil creating chances, Arsenal felt they could benefit me as much as I could them,” he said according to The Sun. “But I also thought about the tactical aspect.
“You look at Arsenal’s style of play and they don’t get the ball forward quickly in the same way Leicester do for those runs I like to make in behind the defence.
“One thing that didn’t worry me was the idea that I wouldn’t be the ‘main man’ at Arsenal. Every time I’ve moved, I’ve managed to meet the challenge in front of me.
“We even looked at new schools for the children, but I got to the stage where I felt with my heart and head that I wanted to stay at Leicester. It wasn’t to do with ‘loyalty’ or how I feel about my team-mates.
“Players always come and go. It was more a case of seeing Leicester as a club that wanted to build on what we achieved with the title and I want to be part of that.”
Vardy’s concerns about whether he would fit in at Arsenal were shared by many supporters with Wenger instead moving for Lucas Perez. However, goals have certainly not been a problem for the Gunners so far this season having hit 15 goals in six Premier League games.