Wenger: Vardy Arsenal snub must be respected

Arsene Wenger has gracefully accepted Jamie Vardy’s decision to snub Arsenal, insisting it must be respected.

Wenger had hoped to tempt the England striker to the Emirates, and had lodged a bid that activated a release clause in his Leicester contract before the European Championships kicked off earlier this month.

Vardy had initially been widely expected to jump at the move, but he instead opted to sign a new deal with the Foxes.

Wenger, though, has remained philosophical despite his disappointment.

“We were on the case and interested,” he admitted to beIN Sports, “but not more than that. He has decided to stay at Leicester and good luck to him.

“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.”