Gary Lineker has suggested that Arsenal has "nicked the wrong scout" from Leicester City, after Leicester City's head of technical scouting Ben Wrigglesworth announced his moves to the Gunners on social media.
Wrigglesworth has been credited with helping recruit Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kanté to the Foxes. But the former England international, who is a boyhood fan of the King Power stadium outfit, begs to differ.
The Match of the Day presenter believes that Steve Walsh, the Foxes' assistant manager, deserves the credit for the signings as well as for the club's recent rise in the Premier League. Leicester is currently the favourites to win the title this season, as they are five points ahead of second-placed Tottenham and third-placed Arsenal, with 13 games to go.
Lineker, who came through the youth ranks at Leicester, is adamant that his former club's reign at the top of the league is no fluke, as they have challenged the big guns without wavering throughout the season. Moreover, their recent win over Manchester City, which widened the gap at the top was proof enough that they are in it until the finish.
"[Christian] Fuchs, for sure. Underrated, we got him on a free transfer. I love how Arsenal nicked the wrong scout. N'Golo Kanté, for sure, Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy. Four at least. Steve Walsh is the guy who found these players and bought them in," Lineker said, as quoted by the Guardian.
"I know when he found Mahrez he was sent to watch someone else and came back with Mahrez. He's done a brilliant job and that's been the large key to Leicester's success. As in all clubs, it's about the people you bring in and they've done it on a relatively small budget compared with the giants."
"I have watched it very closely, they have done it because they have good players. They have a wonderful spirit and a great dynamism and pace on the counter-attack. The fact that so many players have found form at the same time, while so many of the big clubs have been inconsistent, all things considered. But it's not a fluke because it has been almost a year," the former England international explained.