Thierry Henry criticises Jamie Vardy, Arsenal and expresses concerns

England's Jamie Vardy

Thierry Henry is stunned Jamie Vardy turned down a move to Arsenal.


England's Jack Wilshere and Jamie Vardy on the substitutes bench before the matchEngland's Jack Wilshere and Jamie Vardy 

Thierry Henry has told SkySports that he is bemused by Arsenal's failure to sign Jamie Vardy earlier this summer.

Vardy was wanted by the Gunners who activated his £20m release clause, only for the Leicester City striker to choose to stay at the Foxes and sign a new contract.

Speaking to SkySports News HQ's Morning View on Monday (8/8), Henry said he did not understand why Vardy did not choose to sign for the Gunners.

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

Henry said while there are footballing concerns Vardy may have, he did not understand how Vardy could ignore Arsenal's advances, and expressed his worries about how players view the the Gunners.

He said: "As an Arsenal fan I didn't understand it. Maybe it wasn't the right move for him, he got scared because he didn't know if he could play well in last phase, but he turned down Arsenal?!

"I would have told him, 'can you play when a team is waiting for you? At Leicester you have space... but its Arsenal...! How does he look at the club?

"Jamie Vardy turned Arsenal down. Back in the day if a club of that magnitude come for you, you go. Players don't want to come."

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal's move for Vardy was back in June, and worrying they are no closer to signing a new striker.

The approach for Vardy appeared to herald an aggressive approach from Arsenal, trying to get their business done early and take a player away from a competitor, only for it to backfire.

The snub would quickly be forgotten if Arsenal had simply successfully moved onto an alternative, but their struggle to add another striker since could make it a non-deal which defines their transfer window. 

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring their first goalLeicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring their first goal

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