According to reports, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy was not convinced that his style of play suited that of Arsenal which in turn led to his snub.
The Foxes officially announced on Thursday that the England international had penned a four-year deal with them to end speculation over his future.
It came after Arsenal triggered the release clause in his contract earlier this month, but Arsene Wenger conceded over the weekend that they were not going to sign the 29-year-old.
According to Sky sources, Vardy based his decision on the fact that he didn’t believe that Arsenal’s possession style of play would suit his game.
The pacy forward flourished as part of Claudio Ranieri’s strategy for Leicester last season, with the team playing counter-attacking football and regularly looking to get Vardy in behind defences as well as using his movement and ability to run the channels to great effect.
That would arguably have failed to materialise for the striker at Arsenal, with Wenger of course favouring a methodical style of passing that sees his side play some of the more attractive football in the Premier League, but it requires certain types of players to make it work.
Further, it is also claimed that Vardy was given no assurances that he wouldn’t be forced to play out of position next season.
In turn, the 24-goal hero from last season will stick with Leicester next year, as they look to defend their Premier League crown as well as prepare for the Champions League.
Ranieri will undoubtedly hope that it’s a statement of intent that the rest of his squad follow, with numerous other individuals also linked with an exit this summer.