You have to start wondering if there is an underlying reason for players not wanting to sign for Arsenal this summer, because it is starting to feel like Arsene Wenger and the Gunners are having serious trouble convincing the many reported transfer targets to come to one of the greatest cities in the world and play in the most prestigious leagues in the world in a state of the art stadium with Champions League football as the cherry on top.
After Arsenal found out today once and for all that the England international striker Jamie Vardy would be staying at Leicester City for next season, the pressure on Arsene Wenger to find another front man to supplement the goals of Olivier Giroud has just gone up a notch.
One thing the Vardy saga has showed us is that the Frenchman does agree with the vast majority of the football world about our need for more firepower and that can only be a good thing after recent transfer windows. The problem now is who to get and if we are looking at a real top quality player up front then Wenger needs to move fast before all the best ones are snapped up.
With Arsenal having already triggered the transfer release clause of the England international striker Jamie Vardy, and with Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that Arsene Wenger is keen on his Leicester City team mates Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante as well, the Foxes are in danger of being ripped apart by the Gunners.
After their brilliant but surprising Premier League title win, however, we are not the only club looking at their players by any means. One of those clubs is Manchester United and according to a Metro report their new manager Jose Mourinho also wants Kante.
It may still be unconfirmed officially, but most reports would suggest that Jamie Vardy is not going to be signing for the Gunners this summer. It seems that the English international would rather remain at Leicester, where he achieved the unthinkable last season, breaking both team and personal achievements and records. If such rejection is the case, then Arsenal need to start looking elsewhere again for another striker.
You could not make it up! How often have we moaned about the Arsenal injury problems and how they have held back our chances of winning the Premier League once again? And here we go again, because although Arsene Wenger had prepared and planned to face Leicester City today with the extra pace of Gabriel to cope with Jamie Vardy, he has had to revert back to Per Mertesacker after the Brazilian was ruled out with a hamstring problem.
A lot of the build up to this potentially pivotal match in the race for the Premier League title has been about whether the pressure will be on Arsenal who are currently five points behind the league leaders and today’s opponents Leicester City, with both Arsene Wenger and Claudio Ranieri trying to play the mind games and insist that it is the other team that will be feeling the pressure.
Arsenal face the current Premier League leaders Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and even though there will still be 12 games left to play after the match, everyone accepts that we really need to win the game and close the gap to just two points or at the very least hold them to a draw.
And even though the Foxes have a very good recent defensive record, it is the fact that Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been on fire and they are the division’s joint top scorers that has been the driving force in their title challenge.