Emirates Stadium side finally get their man.
Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that France international Olivier Giroud has agreed to join the Club on a long-term contract.
The 25-year old striker completed a medical before agreeing terms at the Club’s training ground on Monday evening. The completion of the transfer is now just the subject of formal processes.
Giroud arrives from French champions Montpellier, where 21 goals in 36 league appearances made him the French league’s joint top goalscorer last season and also earned him a place in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.
SOURCE: Official Arsenal Website
So a few questions that seem likely to come to Arsenal fans following this capture.
Q) Does this mean we can finally get rid of Marouane Chamakh
A) Hopefully, though the Moroccan is not part of the deal to sign the Montpellier man, though it seems the North London side had hoped he would be
Q) How much did the signing of the French international Olivier Giroud cost?
A) Well most sources quote that the 25 year old’s transfer release clause stood at £12.8m so that is probably more or less what what Arsenal paid. Clearly the Ligue 1 side would have got a lot more if they were not constrained by the terms of Giroud’s contract.
Q) Does this mean Robin Van Persie is exit bound?
A) That’s the billion dollar question. An optimistic Gunners fan may well excitedly dream of a three pronged attack, with Lukas Podolski joining Van Persie and Giroud up front but that seems unlikely. Let’s just say that the chances of the Arsenal skipper leaving the Emirates Stadium have probably not increased following this purchase.
This is however a very good bit of business. Indeed Arsene Wenger has snapped up two in form attackers in Giroud and Podolski, both of whom scored goals for fun in Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga respectively last term, and paid around £23m for the pair, which is a very decent price to pay in today’s inflated transfer market.
Expect the money spent to be countered by the probable departures, if buyers can be found, of Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Marouane Chamakh, Sebastien Squillaci and maybe even Andrei Arshavin.