Robert Pires

Arsenal legend, Robert Pires is of the opinion that Jamie Vardy will be a good fit for Arsenal and as such the club should take a risk and sign him.

Pires, who was part of Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’, believes Vardy who is currently pushing for a starting berth in England’s upcoming Euro 2016 Group B clash against Wales on Thursday afternoon will thrive at Arsenal should he make the ‘step up’ in the off-season.

Vardy vs Arsenal last season

It will be recalled that Arsenal triggered the release clause of the 29-year-old striker who scored 24 goals last season just before the Euros. Although, the success of the deal is still in the balance, Pires believes that Vardy’s bid is a sign that Arsene Wenger is focusing on bolstering his squad ahead of the 16/17 season.

“There is no reason why it couldn’t work out for Vardy,” the two-time Premier League winner told the Daily Mail. “He scored a lot of goals in the Premier League last season and is now known around the world.

“He has the ability, comes across as very hard-working which Arsenal like, and he’s a great finisher.

“There’s a lot more pressure with playing for a big club, so it will be a step up.”

Arsenal, who finished runners-up to Leicester last season, have already added Granit Xhaka to the squad, and Pires believes the addition of Vardy could see the club break their 12-year title drought.

However, with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at Manchester City and United respectively next season, the one-time FIFA World Cup winner concedes it is a much more difficult task than previous years.

Arsene vs Jose

“Granit Xhaka is a great signing and to be honest, I’m not sure how many more players are needed,” Pires said.

“A lot is said about Arsenal going forward and if you look at goals scored, they were only a few goals off finishing top of that chart, Vardy’s addition could help next year.

“The league will be more difficult, especially with the arrivals of Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte [at Chelsea], plus you cannot ignore Mourinho’s appointment.

“You expect Mourinho to get Manchester United to compete again. His rivalry with Wenger was one the most eagerly awaited clashes from the last decade of the Premier League.

“It’s a good fight. It may take a while for him to get his side up to scratch so it’s a chance for Wenger to fix that head-to-head record.”


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