Japan international Shinji Okazaki has backed his Leicester City teammate Jarmie Vardy to shine at Arsenal if he eventually completes the move to the Emirates this summer.
The Gunners triggered the 29-year-old’s £20m release clause and reports have it that he has already completed his medicals at the North London side but nothing have been signed.
‘I think he has the potential to adapt to any style of soccer. At Leicester, we just happened to play the way we did and he fit fine,’ Okazaki told the Japan Times.
‘But even in a team that plays possession soccer, he has that sudden burst of speed and there are a lot of players at Arsenal who will notice that right away and play to that strength of his, like the way they did with Danny Welbeck.
‘He’s not someone who only tries to get behind the defense, though. He picks his spots.
‘Someone likes me, I have to really get set up and then go but he can quicken instantly, go from zero to full speed. He can adjust to any style.’
‘But this is a life choice and every footballer has to make his own choices.
‘If he goes, then hopefully other players will come in. If several players end up leaving it’s going to be a tough season for us, but I think Leicester understand that.
‘We still don’t have the resources to stand toe-to-toe against the big clubs — yet.
‘But if we can keep the squad together and ‘endure,’ as the manager always says, then we can move on from being surprise packages to legitimate contenders in England.
‘It is difficult to say what I would do if I were in his position.
‘Arsenal have not won the league for a long time and that is maybe a dream Vardy has.
‘He has won the league with Leicester and if he led Arsenal to the title rather than try and help Leicester defend it, then his stock would rise even further.’
Vardy is currently with the England team for the Euro 2016 taking place in France.