Revealed reason why €25m-rated striker refused to move to Arsenal

Leicester City manager has denied Jamie Vardy turned down a transfer to Emirates because he was worried about a contest for places. Former England international came close to joining Arsenal in the summer of 2016 following his title-winning heroics but opted to stay at King Power Stadium after agreeing on a new contract.

Brendan’s arrival at Leicester City has reignited Jamie’s career with the centre-forward having scored 11 goals already this campaign and will be looking to improve on his phenomenal record with the Gunners Arsenal on the weekend.

Vardy has scored eight goals in his last eight games against the London club, including a brace in last campaign’s convincing 3-0 win which damaged Gunners opportunities of a top-four finish.

Victory for the Foxes tomorrow will put them nine points clear of the London club in the race for the top four and Brendan is delighted to be working with the most prolific striker in the country at present.

‘It won’t have been because of that, that he didn’t go to Arsenal,’ said Northern Irish manager when asked if the 32-year-old striker was concerned at the prospect of fighting for a place in Emery’s side. ‘The one thing I know from Jamie Vardy is he is a team player who loves competition.

‘He is a competitor, I see it every day. He has proven himself to be one of the top strikers in Europe for me. ‘It was probably several things, he was offered a good deal here, felt comfortable, stable here with his family at an incredible club.’