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Arsenal Transfer News: Chief Confirms Gunners Close To £13m Signing

Montpellier chief Laurent Nicollin has confirmed Arsenal are close to signing of striker Olivier Giroud, after the Gunners triggered his £13m release clause.

Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Arsenal’s move for Olivier Giroud is confirmed.


Montpellier vice president Laurent Nicollin has confirmed Arsenal are close to clinching the signing of striker Olivier Giroud.

The 25-year-old scored 25 goals last season to help Montpellier land their first ever Ligue 1 title, resulting in interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for the French hitman in recent months as boss Arsene Wenger looks to add to the arrival of German striker Lukas Podolski.

According to the Independent,  Montpellier’s vice president Nicollin is quoted as saying talks with Arsenal are progressing very well after the North London outfit triggered Giroud’s release clause in his contract, believed to be around £13m.

When quizzed about talks with Arsenal over Giroud, Nicollin is quoted in the Independent as saying:

“Discussions are happening and going well, as part of the (release) clause set. Things are moving serenely,”

Arsene Wenger is trying to offload the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh and Carlos Vela to make room for Giroud in his squad, and the acquisition will hopefully be further proof to captain Robin van Persie that the Gunners mean business next season.

Are you excited by the imminent arrival of Giroud? Get involved in the comments section.




    June 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Giroud iz a gd striker,he will fit 2 Arsenal,pls Gunners sign him immediately.

  2. Bako Hosea

    June 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Is gud 4 wenger 2 add more signing

  3. Vinco

    June 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Wenger please sign M’ Villa.

  4. daniel

    June 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

    We also need to sign yann m’vila and then steal jan vertoghon from tottenhams noses then van persie and walcott will stay then we mean buisness this season.

  5. samuel

    June 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Nevermind all these sudden Wenger late
    season signings as the manager himself
    needs to go already ,seven mediocre tr
    ophyless seasons and the coach is tryi
    ng to convince the Arsenal fans he has
    what it takes to finally bring a trophy
    to the club ,way too late,au revoir Ar
    sene ?

    • billy

      June 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Idiots like you don’t realise what a genius Wenger is. Go and support Sperz


    June 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Why the same story everyday? I want news on the right-back.

  7. Onyeabor

    June 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    If wenger sign Oliver, pordisk, he also add m’ villa and the ajax skipper veltogon, Juan djourou , squallica, vela, chamake, even bentiner will all go

  8. Sonachi

    June 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Its a good signing,but i stil want m’villa and a defender.Rvp and walcot wil stay.gunner gona b great nxt season

  9. J.A.R.K

    June 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Obviously,it is a better signing if wenger brings in olivier giroud,yann m’villa to arsenal in addition to Allan Dzagoev,Robert lewandowski and Jan vertonghen as it wuld be no accident to my predition coz wilshere will not be 100% fit to the game as he nid 2-3 games rest nxt season.Dont forget rightback sagna is injured buy Debunchy.Next 2012-2013 season will be our.I bet u if u denied.

  10. J.A.R.K

    June 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Wit da like of diaby,he nid a chance,jenkinson to b loan,djourou nid chance or loan,squillacy sell or release free,bertley no more loan nid chance,miquel loan,vela sell,bentner sell,chamakh sell,arshavin sell,ramsey loan,mannone stay,fabiaski sell,theo walcott sell,park chu yong stay it is no regret.gooner next season top.

  11. femaj

    June 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    lets wait & see wot wenger will do, i can’t believe him untill i see d transfer completed bcos i dont want to av hypertensn becos of wenger issue. GUNNERS TILL I DIE.

  12. Somadila o.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Podolski nd geroud is a done deal.wenger should sign m’villa and look 4 option on our defence line.guna 4 eva

  13. Stan

    June 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    We don’t need to sign too many players against next season, we only need about four players. So let’s hope that the Giroud deal will be done and dusted pretty soon, so that we can quickly go after Yann, that is if he’s not already in d Arsenal bag. This will mean that we’ve signed three fantastic players, so the attack and the midfield have been taken care of. The next player I really wish to see wearing our Red and White colour is Jan Vertoghen, the Ajax skipper. Looks like there’s a chinese wall now on his move to Tottenham, after Mr Harry got the sack. So we can pick him up to help the defence also. I believe with these four players, we are good to go next season and with little injury luck on our side, who knows…

  14. Fel

    June 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Giv miguel & kyle bartley a chance @ d bak. Dey r beta dan squilaci & djourou @ d moment. Let our boyz improve demsefz

  15. emekabobrox

    June 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Am happy wenger has been able to add to our striking force,we still need more at the midfield and defence

  16. Aminu abubakar nigeria

    June 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I wll like to see Podolsky giroud nd m’vila in our atarking nd midfild option nd also we go 4 afellay coz v.persie nid somebody that is close to him nd we nid vertonghen only in our defense coz koscielny can manage to play right back b4 sagna return. IN ARSENAL WE BELIEVE. Up gunners.

  17. omoijade emmy

    June 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    vp pls wil ned u in arsenal ds season u ar the best ply in d word, doe’t let d think of d world to move u we ned fur ply to add to d clbu, gun fr real one luv.

  18. Peterson

    June 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Mr-Wenger, i hope u do something more better dis time around.pls add m,vila 2 d squad.

  19. Kunle

    June 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Wenger is very slow acquiring players in d transfer market,he needs to start actin in d transfer,so dat he can blend them wit d squad during d pre-season tour.dat is how alex fergson gets his players blended up,he moves fast in acquiring wat he needs to start d season wit.wenger is a late actor in d transfers,so how do u expect d squad or team to be blended.when we buy early they get blended b/4 d season starts.we need to pressurlze wenger and d board to move fast in d transfer market and get d deadwoods out of d club fast,so dat it will nt drag itself towards d closure of d transfer.wat do u feel my co-fans.

  20. Olufemi Aboluwade

    June 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Its always so unfortunate on how wenger react to signing of players.Wenger finds it always difficult to go for a quick catch up.You noticed that each time wenger goes for any player other coaches uses their monetary power to grab such player before wenger react to the player.Wenger does the findings others does the buying.Therefore we employ wenger to pls make his moves and purchase on time.CHEERS to my other colleagues.

  21. Malami garba Hja

    June 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Pls wenger dnt 4get wat hppen las season

  22. muhereza

    June 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

    hi hi

  23. Mayor

    June 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    if prof. Wenger try to sign like:- Giroud, M’vila, Dzagoev, Vertoghon and sessrgnon. They are stonger player. Make wenger sell like:- Squillaci, Djourou, Diaby, Denilson, Vale, Arshavin, Bendtner and Chamakh. Just connecting money.

  24. Daniel-ice Toche

    June 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Monsieur Wenger,we just love u and all the good things u’ve done to this club.U’ve not only shown us in England but to the world at large that u’re the king in this game.U’ve shown people that football is not all about money but the entertainment part of it is what pulls fans a million time.We play the best football in the world after Barcelona F.C. U’ve turned other clubs to our annex or trash- cans or market and behind them we’ve finished our project which is more than a billion pound touristic play ground (EMIRATES).It’s now time to start wining things.Early signings will help us a lot.Off load Djourou,Chamakh,Arshavin,Denilson,Diaby technician but lazy,Bendtner,Squillaci etc.All these guys are liabilities to to this biz now.Bring in Giroud, M’vila;look at the defence;add V.P’S money and don’t u never forget about Song as well though he will not talk.More than 3/4 of V.P’S goals are from this magic Cameroonian mid-fielder who was lacking at the Nederland’s national team of Euro 2012.Bring in big ready made boys to start wining things 4 us not building an accademy any more.I think my opinion counts as well.

  25. Lewis

    June 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm


    Sagna Vermaelen Mertesacker Gibbs

    J. Wilshere
    Wallcott Podolski M’vila

    Giroud Rvp

  26. Okeyemi sam

    June 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I love the singning pls sing more player and go for unbeating next season arsenal for life

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