Arsene Wenger reacts to Jamie Vardy rejecting Arsenal move

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The striker has turned down a move to Arsenal in favour of staying at Leicester City.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Quoted by the Mirror, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has wished Jamie Vardy luck after he turned down a move to the Emirates.

The striker has agreed a new four-year deal at Leicester City after speculation about his future this summer.

Arsenal had activated a £20million release clause in his contract as they sought to add him to his squad for next season. The striker opted to make to them wait for a decision as he decided to focus on Euro 2016 with England.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester CityJamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester City

However, he has now agreed to stay with the Premier League champions and turn down the chance to head to Arsenal.

It is a disappointing conclusion for Wenger, but he was gracious in defeat, saying that the striker’s decision has to be respected.

"He has decided to stay at Leicester and good luck to him,” the Mirror reports him saying.

“He came late to the game and in fairness Leicester bought him from Fleetwood and he has been successful. He is 29 and he has chosen to stay at Leicester. You have to respect that.”

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

It will now be interesting to see if Wegner makes a move for another striker in this summer transfer window.

It has been widely accepted for a number of years that the current crop is in need of a world-class striker if they are to challenge for silverware in future.

Who he could turn to though, remains to be seen, with Arsenal not the only club looking for that kind of player this summer.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy wins the Barclays Player Of The Season AwardLeicester City's Jamie Vardy wins the Barclays Player Of The Season Award

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