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Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has revealed the club cannot rely on Oliver Giroud next season.
The ex Gunner was speaking about Vardy rejecting a move to the Emirates to sign a new deal at Leicester and urged Wenger not to give up on signing a top striker. Smith believes the Gunners need to find a different striker to Olivier Giroud.
“Arsenal have to go again. They need a striker with Danny Welbeck out for the foreseeable future. They can’t rely on Olivier Giroud as the only striker – they had problems with that when he experienced a dip in form,” he explained.
“They do need somebody else and in going for someone like Vardy, Arsene Wenger was obviously after a different type of player to Giroud, which makes sense.”
“Someone quicker, who looks to get behind rather than coming towards the ball, so will be interesting to see who if anyone he does go for because as we know the good strikers out there, all the top clubs are after them.”
The former striker also touched on the Gunner’s failed bid for Vardy claiming the striker’s decision to reject Arsenal shows times have changed at the Emirates.
Smith who himself left Leicester City for Arsenal in his playing days claims he respects Vardy’s decision not to follow his footsteps
“It’s not often someone turns down Arsenal, especially from a Premier League club and a so-called smaller one, although they are champions.”
“But times have changed. When I went from Leicester to Arsenal it was different. Leicester were always struggling against relegation and the difference in money was there.
“I saw it as a move that could improve my career and to challenge for trophies, which proved to be the case – we won a lot – but he obviously feels he can get everything he needs at Leicester.”
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