Arsene Wenger: ” I Nearly Signed Jamie Vardy”

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The former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was talking on Bein Sports today and recalled the time that he almost signed Jamie Vardy

“He’s always in the game,” “He looks like he doesn’t get out of a game mentally. And the great strikers that I like are convinced somewhere that they will score at some stage.

“That allows him, even when he misses a chance he stays in the game.”

“I offered him a lot of money at the time,” Wenger admitted. “Leicester had just won the Premier League in 2016 and (late Leicester owner) Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha did absolutely not want to lose him.

“We had more of the ball, yes, but I still think around the box with the timing of his runs and he finds the space to go,” Wenger explained.

“When you see the great strikers, they are on the move when others stand still in the box. And Vardy has that!

“They read earlier than others, they anticipate better, they understand what’s going on quicker than other people and he has that quality of anticipation and speed of understanding.”

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