Keown: Vardy offers something Arsenal don’t have

Date published: Tuesday 7th June 2016 9:52

Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy would offer something Arsenal do not currently have if he were to sign, according to Martin Keown.

The Gunners have tabled a bid thought to be worth around £20m for the Leicester striker, although his future remains uncertain at this stage.

Vardy is yet to respond to a reported contract offer of £120,000 a week over four years, with the forward having promised manager Arsene Wenger he would give him an answer by Monday.

The 29-year-old forward would be an excellent signing for the Gunners if he were to agree to join, former defender Keown has told 888sport.com.

“If you look at Vardy and you look at what Arsenal don’t have down the middle with their strikers – someone who likes to run behind a defence – then if you feed him he’s a real handful and as good as anyone,” he said.

“He’d be a player who would strengthen Arsenal and give them more variation to their play which they lack down that central area.

“They have already made their intention clear. It’s going to be a very competitive summer and we could well see the best ever Premier League next season with the set of managers coming to the table in Guardiola and Mourinho revisiting their rivalry in Manchester and Jurgen Klopp continuing to develop Liverpool.

“Arsene Wenger’s longevity is really remarkable and then you have Chelsea who had an awful season last year and they can’t have that again.

“The competition between these clubs doesn’t start on the 13th of August, it starts now by looking for the best players and retaining your players.

“There is no doubt Arsenal have to be competitive but the Euros have got in the way of a lot of activity. It’s like the lull before the storm at the moment because there is going to be a lot of fierce competition for players.”

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