Carragher highlights Wenger’s transfer failure which proved ‘wise decision’
Jamie Carragher has highlighted one huge transfer mistakes Arsenal made by not signing Jamie Vardy from Leicester.
The Gunners were close to landing the striker after the Foxes had won the Premier League in 2016.
Vardy was one of the stars of the show at the King Power Stadium that year.
In 36 league appearances, he scored 24 times as Leicester won the Premier League against all odds.
Arsene Wenger was desperate to sign the striker and Arsenal submitted a £22m bid – which triggered his release clause at the time.
However, Vardy remained loyal to the Foxes and he turned down a move to the north London outfit.
Arsenal were regulars in the top four at the time and played in the Champions League every year.
But Vardy disagreed with their tactics, preferring to be Leicester's main man in their counter-attacking side.
Wenger could also not promise the former Fleetwood forward of a permanent spot in his starting XI.
And Carragher believes the 34-year-old made the best decision for his career, calling it "wise".
He told the Telegraph: "At 34, he shows no signs of slowing down.
"Vardy has scored 34 in his last 54 league appearances – an almost identical strike rate to Mohamed Salah who is at the peak of his powers at Anfield.
"These are the numbers which could have earned Vardy a move to established Champions League clubs.
"He could have gone to Arsenal when Arsene Wenger’s side were always in the top four.
"People said he lacked ambition when he turned them down.
"He made a wise decision, cementing his legendary status at the King Power Stadium and avoiding being part of Arsenal’s post-Wenger struggles."
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Leicester can now consider themselves as the best-suited side to break the 'Top Six' order in the Premier League.
Under Brendan Rodgers, they appear to be knocking on the door of the top four – which they sit comfortably in at the moment.
Vardy has gone on to score bags of goals for the King Power Stadium outfit and will surely go down as a club legend.
In 332 appearances, he has scored 143 goals – including 13 in 22 matches this season.
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