Arsenal have officially announced the signing of Olivier Giroud from Montpellier.
Rumours have circulated in recent weeks that the Gunners were closing in on the 25-year-old striker and it seemed only a matter of time before the transfer was announced by the club.
As revealed on Arsenal.com this morning, the deal has now been completed with the France hitman undergoing a medical and agreeing terms on a long-term contract on Monday evening.
Giroud bagged 21 goals in 36 games to help Montpellier land their first ever Ligue 1 title last season, with his performances earning him a place in the Ligue 1 team of the year.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed his delight at the signing and feels the 6ft 3 inch striker will give his side something different up front next season.
“We are delighted to have secured the signing of Olivier Giroud. He has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic. We are excited about Olivier joining us and he will add an additional dimension to our attacking options next season.
“He has proved that he is capable of performing at the top level with club and country, and we saw what a big influence he was in Montpellier’s championship-winning side last season. We all look forward to Olivier joining us and seeing him play in an Arsenal shirt.”
Wenger told Arsenal.com
The player himself revealed he has fulfilled a dream by joining a Premier League club and was attracted to Arsenal due to the clubs great history and style of play.
“I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football. It’s a huge satisfaction to join this great club and it’s been a dream since I was young to play in the Premier League.
“I was attracted by the philosophy of football and Arsène Wenger’s ‘touch’ at this club. I have always admired Arsenal with its great history and reputation, and I now hope to achieve great things here. I’m very proud to be a Gunner and I will give my best for all the Arsenal fans.”
Giroud told Arsenal.com
Welcome to Arsenal, Olivier!
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