Vardy playing the PR or money game | Mkhitaryan can leave Dortmund

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So the story doing the rounds this morning is that Jamie Vardy has asked Arsenal and Leicester for a cheeky month to decide his future.

Now, you have to do the math here.

1. He’s done it all at Leicester. He’s a legend. Case closed.

2. Leicester are going to likely be a shambles next season. That set up will not be able to handle the pressure, the Champions League, big teams getting their shit together and the aggression that teams are going to take into decimating their system. It’s over for them, do you want to be part of a mid-table side or a sinking ship? I wouldn’t.

3. Jamie Vardy has the one of the greatest books lined up. Non-league ‘Chat shit, get banged’ to Premier League Champion with a celebrity wedding. That is unreal. What would make it more unreal is going to a mega club. Whatever our past ten years have looked like, we’re one of the biggest supported outfits on the planet. That would be a crowning glory.

4. Man’s gotta get cashed before you get crocked. Sure, he’s on good money at Leicester, but jeez, you’re a long time retired. If he goes to Arsenal, he not only increases his salary, he increases his values to sponsors. He needs to take care of his future, he’s an old man in this game, if he wants to milk his career hard, he needs this move.

5. A big chunk of our problems last season came from not having a person capable of scoring in a team that boasted the most creative player in the universe. It’s a pretty smart move if you’re Vardy. Move to a place where you’re more likely to score than the last place. That’s progression if you make it work.

Ok, so who or what might be throwing a spanner in the works?

Well, firstly, he won’t want to come off like a mercenary. Kissing the shirt one minute, hero of your adropted town… then you sack it off as soon as something sexier comes along? That doesn’t look good. He could make this decision look really tough, spend a month working things out then make the heartfelt prezzer that makes it look like he had no choice.

Secondly, he could be doing what all great nouveau talented players do. PUSH FOR MORE. He’s on record as saying London is a pile of horror, not right for his northern mindset. He might be looking at Manchester United and what’s going on there, he might hope Chelsea come in for him… or he might recognize he has Arsenal over a barrel and he could get more cash if he embarrasses Gazidis.

‘IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN, IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN, IVAN GAZIDIS, IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN’ will be running through our CEOs release clause themed dreams for sure. I bet he’d pay a bit extra to make it happen.

Thirdly, he may have seen all the Leicester fans making bad words at his wife on Twitter. Could be a bit like that time a gangster told Stevie G to forget about Chelsea. Then he did. Maybe. Maybe not.

Things you need to be aware of as an Arsenal fan. We WILL have made sure we spoke to his people before we made the bid. He’ll have been told his wages, his contract length, where to live, where to eat, what we’d do for his GF, how we’d teach him to behave in London plus Arsene will have him on a summer sommelier course to sharpen his shoddy taste in booze.

So for Arsenal fans to critique the club for what’s going on now is beyond ridiculous. You never know what’s going to happen with these sort of deals, and this was most likely not on the cards.

Is it embarrassing? Yes. Would it kill you inside if we missed out on him? It wouldn’t me. He’s a solution to a problem, but look, there are plenty of solutions, maybe even solutions that are more long-term, maybe have better technique and maybe more interested in saying yes right away.

He’s a solution to a problem, but look, there are plenty of solutions, maybe even solutions that are more long-term, maybe more suited and maybe more interested in saying yes right away.

Jamie Vardy would be ideal for the now. But so would a lot of strikers lined up against Giroud and Theo Walcott. As Eddie Murphy would say, Arsenal fans are the starving man presented with a cracker. Jamie Vardy is a tasty cracker, but there are many equally tasty crackers out there.

Fingers crossed this is just games, if it’s not, we’re The Arsenal and we’ll find someone else (pray for a plan B). Key for me is not to wait a month for all the best ones to have mega Euro / Copa America valuations.

David Sullivan, by the way, thinks our move for Vardy is mental…

“It is safe to say that signing him would have smashed our current wage structure and we are determined to buy players with good value in this mad market.”

Can’t argue with him, but hey, when you’re mega rich, you don’t need value, you need effectiveness.

Annnnnnd, just so you know. Kicker in Germany are reporting Dortmund will sell Mkhitaryan if a big enough bid is made (roughly £27m). Let’s hope this deal runs a bit smoother…

Check this out before you go. You can see how Wenger would use him, great on the break, deadly with a striker that can finish, PLUS he scores goals from right across the front line. Very exciting player, praying hard we land him.

681 Responses to “Vardy playing the PR or money game | Mkhitaryan can leave Dortmund”

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  1. Bamford10


    “I just wonder how he manages to type lengthy posts with his hands restrained in a straightjacket.”


  2. N5

    Ha ha Eagle, I still to this day think Ben Affleck is the best insult I’ve ever had hurled at me! we have to thank Johnty for that one!

  3. gambon


    Truth be told I just roll around in red paint then get my mum to write ‘gambon’ on the back with tippex.

  4. shad

    Speaking of Kit, I loved wearing the away yellow and blue O2 kit with Henry 14 on the that for my 20th birthday, all yellow and spanky. Last kit I wore was ’07 or ’08, the hooped one with purple and deep blue with the goldish letters..
    Never won a team jersey since, though I do have a decent collection. Absolutely loved the JVC design, was a bit meeh about the SEGA..

  5. Bamford10


    Hilarious. You, Corbyn & Cameron; that makes sense.

    It’s actually a little sad, obviously, as it’s clear he has some issues. But I’m glad you have a sense of humor about it.

  6. Romford Ozil Pele

    Eagle so you never saw Petit or Overmars? The former was so good but he used to moan about how physical the PL was despite him being over 6ft himself. Overmars was a very direct winger who could take it on his own with searing pace. Unfortunately injuries ended up killing both of these guys. Anelka was so good. We only had him for a season but he was more of a natural goal scorer than Henry. Honestly think he would’ve scored more had he not left. Bought him for 500k and sold him a season later for £23.5m to Real Madrid. Wenger obviously ran the French market at that time.

    Pires was great, honestly he was the best singer in the world in the 01/02 season before that injury. The combination play between him, Henry and Cole on the left was so good. Vieira was a force of nature. You really wonder why Wenger ever veered away from that template. Introducing Cesc into the team, as good as he was, literally completely transformed the way we had played.

    R9 still the best ever forward I’ve seen. Remember when Figo transferred to Real Madrid from Barca. Major news at the time. Got the pigs head thrown at him lol

  7. N5

    “Truth be told I just roll around in red paint then get my mum to write ‘gambon’ on the back with tippex.”

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha, I love the idea of you being a 6ft Cartman.

  8. Romford Ozil Pele

    The ’89 title win was still the best ever though. To go to Anfield at the time which was a fortress and win 0-2 to take the title was astronomical. Obviously doesn’t beat the City victory against QPR for drama but still

  9. salparadisenyc

    Last kit I had was the 98 JVC kit, #10. No idea where it is.

    My little ones are core… oldest is always in the purple rain with #14.
    He’s 5.

  10. Freddykgunner

    While Vardy is mulling over us we can just ditch him by buying Lukaku instead for 40m. That’ll be very nice but one can dream.

  11. N5

    God I loved Overmars.

    I always thought him and Kanu picked up the wrong heads when they were born.

    Kanu had a huge body but looked like he had the head of one of those bald cats and Overmars was 2ft tall and looked like a life size Corinthian figure. If they’d swapped heads and painted them the relevant colours they could have looked half normal!

  12. gambon

    “Pires was great, honestly he was the best singer in the world in the 01/02 season ”

    Erm no.

    I think you’ll find that accolade goes to Jay Z in 2001.

  13. freddylekgunner

    While Vardy is mulling over us we can just ditch him by buying Lukaku instead for 40m. That’ll be very nice but one can dream.

  14. Romford Ozil Pele

    Kanu was such a baller you know. Go and look back through his Arsenal highlights reel, some sick goals there. Remember that CL game at Highbury we beat Deportivo 5-2 and the way he sat down the GK on his arse was quality!

  15. Marko

    he rock of ITK footie knowledge, The Armenian Press has run story stating the Arsenal are “wrapping up a 25m pound deal for Mkhitrayan.”

    Sounds legit.

    Who’s wearing footy tops these days? Fucking puma assuming everyone looks like an Italian playboy. Fucking tight yo

  16. gambon

    Goes to show how far the standards have fallen.

    We used to have Bergkamp & Henry, with Kanu & Wiltord as back ups.

    Now we have erm…..Giroud, Walcott, Welbeck and Campbell.

    All four of the former strikers were better than Giroud, our best current striker.

    No wonder we are further than ever from winning the CL.

  17. Park Chu-young's left testicle

    Question: do you guys wear footie tops casually out and about?

    Had a mate who turned up at the pub to watch the football in full England kit (yes, even socks) topped off with England wallet. Muppet.

  18. freddylekgunner

    Us signing Mikhy means Campbell will be sold and either Walcott or Ox will will go too or be loaned out. Personally will prefer Ox to be loaned and Walcott to be sold

  19. WengerEagle


    Yeah mate tbh I don’t remember either Overmars or Petit too well, was too young. Not seeing Dennis in his prime was the real tragedy mind.

    Have heard that about Nico, supposed to have been insane as a teenager. He’s always had shedloads of natural ability, arguably more than any other French Striker of the last 20 years including Henry. Just goes to show how much of the mental side is important in footy, Anelka simply didn’t love the game and it showed. He was badly advised too.

  20. WengerEagle

    Yeah the Cole-Pires-Henry link was a work of art in its prime.

    Henry was honestly a monster, scored you 30plus goals every season with 10plus assists. Even in the modern game post Messi and Ronaldo breaking footy stats for good that stands up with the Lewandowski’s, Suarez’s etc.

    Quick question, is Suarez now better than TH14 in his prime?

    Tough one.

  21. Romford Ozil Pele

    Around the turn of the millennium though there were so many world class strikers. You struggle to name 10 world class strikers these days. Don’t agree with Wenger too much but he was right when he said that the only position that is never short in supply is midfielders. Believes so many in Europe are focuses on being midfielders. South America produces the best strikers which is true also.

    Look at this list from the noughties:
    Del Piero
    Motor yes

    And these are the ones off the top of my head. I’ve missed shitloads but it kind of tells you where we were to where we are now in terms of striking talent.

  22. gambon

    I was walking my dog about 3 months ago and he picked up what I thought was a rag, and it was an England shirt, with ‘Anderton’ on the back, and im pretty certain it was the grey kit from Euro 96.

    Firstly, who still has kits from 20 years ago, secondly what the fuck was it doing in the middle of the new forest 20 miles from anyone?

  23. Bamford10

    This will likely earn me all kinds of grief here, but I think it’s worth thinking about Benteke.

    Undervalued, something to prove, EPL-experienced and ample pace, power, scoring and technique.

    Yes, he has underperformed, and yes, he seems disengaged at times, but there is a great deal of ability there, and Arsenal could be a platform for him to accomplish great things.

  24. Romford Ozil Pele

    Sal, nothing concrete but heard from a few decent people I know that we’re hot on his trail. I think BVB are still making concerted efforts to get him to sign a new deal but he’s refused a few times now so it may be one that happens later in the summer.

  25. Park Chu-young's left testicle


    Certainly did. He also used to wear jeans and a smart green or purple blazer!

  26. Romford Ozil Pele

    Eagle, yeah they were quality, not seeing Bergkamp was a tragedy though. Have a word with your parents.

    Bergkamp was honestly magical, he was probably better in the 90s than in the noughties when he slowed down and injuries started to catch up with him.

    Will never forget when he had won MOTD’s goal of the month competition. Three beautiful strikes all to himself. That third goal against Leicester was jizz. Still, nothing beats his Newcastle goal which to me is still the greatest Arsenal goal scored to this day. The one he scored against Argentina in World Cup 98 was sensational too.

    Problem with Anelka like you say was that he was ill-advised. His brothers chased money so he never really settled down at one club. Could’ve been an Arsenal legend. Always wondered what him and Henry would’ve looked like together. Shame. One of football’s bad stories.

  27. Samesong

    Name my first cat Kanu after I got him aroiund that time rip little man got killed by a fox 2 years ago. 15 years old.

  28. Bamford10


    Wow. That third goal was fantastic. Great, great goal. Wish I had been a witness to that.

    By the way, I love when, in the build-up to that goal, the commentator says, “well, he didn’t want it THERE …”.

    Great video clip.

  29. N5

    Ohhhh ROP that turn around the keeper he did was sublime.

    My top 3 goals were.

    DB10 vs Newcastle
    TH14 lob vs Manure
    RVP volley vs Charlton.

  30. Romford Ozil Pele

    Henry was probably in his prime from 2001-2007. His longevity was awesome and he won the golden boot loads. I think he had just as much wow factor as Suarez tbh. It’s not that far apart but Henry’s longevity wins it for him.

  31. WengerEagle

    I actually think there is plenty of striking talent about nowadays, I’m a way it’s unique as we’ve never had 10plus players before in one time that guarantee 30 goals a season:

    Harry Kane

  32. Romford Ozil Pele

    Honestly Kanu was so underrated. What made that better was that he was a sub, came on with 15 mins to go and scored a hattrick. Outrageous. He was also deceptively quick as well, one of those that glid along the ground. Quality player, and that was our third choice striker, sometimes fourth!

  33. N5

    Bamford, I still can’t believe it went in from that angle. I’ve seen it over and over and I can’t work out how he sneaks it between the sticks.

    Impossible angle they called it.

  34. Romford Ozil Pele

    N5, I’ve automatically blocked anything RVP did out of my head lol but that charlton goal is so up there. Outrageous improvisation but Henry used to say RVP did crazy stuff like that in training all the time

  35. Romford Ozil Pele

    Eagle, I’m talking about thoroughbred #9’s though. All of those strikers were great goal scorers too. Quite a few you named could be classed as wing forwards. What made the list I posted greater is that a lot of those #9’s weren’t even the focal point of their teams.

  36. N5

    Agreed RoP. RvP stings and rewatching that made me feel sad. Especially when you consider what we have to put up with up front now.

  37. N5

    Jim for me it’s the Charlton one because not only the volley was just class but the build up play was perfect.

  38. salparadisenyc

    I’d imagine Vardy is done, if he was staying at Leicester he’d of said so much. But this is Arsenal, so much room for error with pretty amazing track record of botching transfers.

    If for some reason the deal falters, very curious what back up plan is. My money’s on the… back up plan?

  39. WengerEagle


    Agree but Imo it’s more impressive that the current bunch can score as many goals but bring more to the team too even if they aren’t 9’s.

    Out of the noughties bunch, Henry, Eto’o, Ronaldo, David Villa, prime Torres and Shevchenko are the standout 9’s for me, RVN May have been the best goalscorer but these lads were wrecking balls up front and prolific scorers.

  40. Romford Ozil Pele

    Eagle, true. I think a lot of that is down to the single striker formation most teams play this game so the skill set needed to be a lone striker is more varied. Can’t believe you didn’t include Del Piero or Totti though. Totti is one of my all time favs. Remember when he played false 9 and scored 30 goals. Honestly he was a genius. Still laughing at how he rejected Real Madrid. Literally nobody does that.

    Did you ever watch Batistuta? Literally the white version of Drogba. He was an animal. Killed Arsenal and United in the CL in the noughties.

  41. WengerEagle


    Didn’t include either as they weren’t pure 9’s Imo.

    Totti was a 10, one of my favourite ever players. Was immense for Roma until a year or so ago and even now still pops up with the odd piece of magic.

    Batigol was before my time I’m afraid, monster looking at his stats especially for Argentina.

    Loved Recoba, Aimar, Rui Costa, Kaka, Ronny.

    Don’t even get me started on 10’s.

  42. Red&White4life

    “Xhaka, Mikhi and Vardy – surely more than what any of us expected from Wenger ?”
    So you thinks that this is done for “Milky” and Vardy ??
    Some fans will never learn…

  43. Alex Cutter

    “Leicester City are not as big a club as Arsenal FC. They do not have 20 million naive sweet innocents in Africa and Asia totally unaware that what they support is the sort of psychotic bile that their mothers and fathers would beat them mercilessly for ever associating with (and those outside these shores are still believers in ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’….)”