The much vaunted Arsenal treasury looks like it’s finally being put to use having thankfully found a way out of the hands of its gluttonous owners and into the hands of the club’s dearest: Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman is on fire even before the transfer window has opened, splashing out the cash in what can only be an act of treachery considering the principles and philosophies that Wenger chooses to define himself with - not that I’m impugning his status as a man of ideals.
It all began on Friday evening. While the Twitteratis scrolled through their Andy Murray and Darts-dominated feeds, Sky Sports, in one of its classic bombshell dropping acts, revealed that Arsenal had triggered Jamie Vardy’s release clause (£20M) in an attempt to sign him from Champions Leicester City. The Arsenal fans all suddenly came out from the parclose as they struggled to contain their jubilation upon hearing that the Vardy Party is soon to be a feature of the ever-silent Emirates Stadium.
All of this only led to one and only question that has a rather simple answer to it, “Would the Vardy Party actually be able to rock North London?”, the answer to which, crudely put, is no. It’s not very hard to understand why so if you are aware of Arsenal’s style of play and the kind of strikers who have been successful in the red and whites. It’s almost as if Arsenal would be buying a Ferrari only to end up driving it like a Fiat. The result? You know very well.
At Leicester City, Claudio Ranieri built his team around the stakhanovite Jamie Vardy. They were all prepared to get the 29-year old on the ball just as they got it with a more direct approach of counter-attacking Football. That’s not the case with the Gunners who like the possession and passing game that’s more about precision than just raw pace. With Vardy’s pace – his chief asset – minimised, the Englishman would find it hard to retain his cutting edge.
Also, the fact that most of Arsenal’s opponents like to sit extremely deep against them, would only mean that Vardy has little or no space to go in behind, further rendering him ineffective purely because of the way Arsene Wenger likes his sides to operate. It will, therefore, be a blatant shot in the foot for a side whose main striker has been guilty of flanerie, that they sign another forward who doesn’t quite fit into their beautiful brand of Football. Full marks for the intent Arsene, but you can certainly do better.