Boss Confirms Arsenal Close To Signing Striker

By on June 12, 2012

Morning Gooners. Some exciting news this morning as Arsenal seem to be edging closer to the signing of France striker Olivier Giroud.

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Montpellier manager Rene Girard has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will sign for Arsenal if the Gunners can agree a deal for the striker, according to the Independent.

Giroud scored 25 goals last season to help Montpellier win a surprise Ligue 1 title. This form has alerted several clubs throughout Europe, but it’s Arsenal who are leading the race to land the 25-year-old according to the clubs manager Rene Girard.

Girard is quoted in the Independent as confirming Arsenal’s interest in the striker and saying the player himself wants to play in England. The Montpellier boss then claimed that as long as Arsene Wenger can agree a deal with the president, Giroud will be moving to North London:

“Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England, if Arsene agrees with the president, he will sign for them,”

The striker is away on international duty with the France squad at Euro 2012 and has delayed any talks over his future until after the competition has finished. The independent suggest a fee of £13m will be enough to land the talented forward this summer.

FT Verdict

This would be an excellent piece of business, as Giroud would be a great addition to the Arsenal squad. At £13m, he would be a calculated risk but would no doubt strengthen our front line.

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There are also suggestions that Marouane Chamakh could be going the other way as part of any deal, which would make a lot of sense for all parties. The only worry for Gooners is whether Giroud is being lined-up as a replacement for Robin van Persie or not.

Would you like to see Giroud at Arsenal? Get involved in the comments section.

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13 Comments

  1. Adesina horlar

    June 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I will be glad if arsenal could buy more defender

  2. Edet

    June 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Wenger should try an get Giroud and m’villa 4 the gunners

  3. adrian

    June 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

    If giroud signs there is always the risk his form may not transfer to the prem. Chamakh going as a make weight would solve one problem for them. If RVP is not going to sign a new contract get him sold and strengthen the squad in other areas with the money the transfer generates.

  4. Hassan

    June 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    It is good news that groud jioning arsenal and went F.Liorent M,villa its enough

  5. Theo

    June 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Good piece of news. Gunners need strength in depth. Van persy should not be sold. Lets return to d glory days where we had quality on and off the bench; the days when we had the likes of Kanu and Wiltord on the bench! More quality additions please

  6. Adefila shina

    June 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Arsenal should spend money and get better players not all this use and dump guys, next sesone will be very thouh Mr Wenger should know that now, don’t go for cheap ones. Gunners for life.

  7. Alpho4gunners

    June 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    its a nice decision for Arsene Wenger to sign such a talented forward.

  8. Nimithbpl

    June 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    That’s great to Olivier Giroud. Agree fee fastly to sign him to be a gunner.
    He’s going to be a good attack for Arsenal next season.
    After that sign more quality players (1 or 2 defender and 1 defensive or attacking midfielder)

  9. otk24

    June 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    2 me, d news is stil a rumour until we sign him b4 i can nw spreasng d news arnd

  10. otk24

    June 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    2 me, d news is stil a rumour until we sign him b4 i can nw spread d news arnd

  11. Munzali ibrahim mai aduwa

    June 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Yeah we like him but next u hv 2 luk at defensive midfield no gud subst. and then right back too.

  12. Aloy

    June 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Giroud lacks skill, pace, shooting accuracy. He only has massive size.

  13. t money

    June 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Mr wenger should please to buy three to four player and let go of chamack,and unwanted player

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