Vardy is a quality player – Koscielny

The Arsenal and France defender has hailed the Leicester City and England marksman, who has emerged as a top target for the Gunners this summer, as a “quality striker”

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has lauded Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy, who is being chased by the Gunners.

Vardy’s 24 goals propelled Leicester to a remarkable Premier League triumph in 2015-16, attracting the interest of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal have triggered the £20m release clause in Vardy’s Leicester City contract and are pushing towards trying to complete a deal, Goal can confirm.

And Koscielny is well aware of Vardy’s qualities after the striker scored three times in the two meetings between Arsenal and Leicester this season.

“He’s hard to play against because he likes to use depth, he’s very good at running behind the defence,” Koscielny told Omnisport.

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“And in front of the goal, he doesn’t think, he feels the goal, as soon as he can shoot, he does. He proved this season with Leicester that he can be a great striker, and he scored some goals with his national team.

“There will be very good strikers during this Euros.”

When quizzed directly about Vardy’s potential move to Emirates Stadium, Koscielny replied: “You know, I don’t like to talk when it’s not signed.

“So as I said, he’s a great striker, he did a great season with Leicester. I don’t know if he’ll stay or if he’ll join another club. We’ll see, but he’s a great quality player.”

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