Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy would walk into Arsenal’s starting line-up, says Gary Lineker.
Vardy’s 24 Premier League goals were influential in the Foxes’ scarcely believable title triumph last season.
The 29-year-old was the subject of interest from Arsenal during the transfer window but he opted to remain at Leicester, describing it as an “easy decision”.
And Lineker, a former Leicester player and high-profile supporter, claims Vardy offers far more than the Gunners’ current options, with Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez battling it out for a start up front.
“I think he’d walk into Arsenal’s team,” former England striker Lineker told the Daily Mail.
“Have you seen their centre forwards? They’re fine but they’re not as prolific as Vardy. They are not as quick as Vardy and they don’t give you the options that Vardy does.
“It was perhaps his one and only chance of moving to a bigger club. It was significant. It spoke a lot about him.”
Leicester managed to avoid an exodus of their star players, with the likes of Vardy, Danny Drinkwater, Kasper Schmeichel and Riyad Mahrez all penning new deals at the King Power Stadium.
However, influential holding midfielder N’Golo Kante was prised away by Chelsea and Lineker believes the France international is “irreplaceable”.
“They’ve lost their best player, who was way more important than most people ever realised,” he added.
“He was always the one I just knew they would not be able to keep hold of because he would just walk into any team in the world.
“They have got all the major stars on long contracts but Kante is irreplaceable.”