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The new van Persie? Arsenal admit for first time Giroud was signed as Dutchman’s replacement
Scout Gilles Grimandi also confirms van Persie will be sold if the price is right
Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi has admitted for the first time that Olivier Giroud was signed with one eye on Robin van Persie leaving.
The Dutchman has publicly stated he won’t renew his Arsenal contract when it expires at the end of next season , and the striker could now leave the Emirates this summer.
Arsenal signed Montpellier striker Giroud for a fee in the region of £13m in June, sparking speculation that he could be intended to replace van Persie rather than play alongside him.
And now Grimandi has admitted for the first time that this could indeed be the case, telling le10sport.com: “Was the recruitment of Giroud made to compensate for his Van Persie’s departure? Yes, we worked to avoid being cornered.
“We want him to stay home but he is left with one year on his contract so it is complicated.
“At Arsenal, there is a healthy atmosphere, he’s been here for eight years and he has a real commitment to the club.’
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
So Gilles Grimandi has spilled the beans and stated what Arsenal fans must surely all have known for some weeks now. Arsene Wenger is not known for needless spending and the idea that he would fork out £23m on two strikers on the pretense that they would offer support to Robin Van Persie was clearly never a goer.
It seems obvious that the Gunners boss was more than aware that the Dutch international had no intention of signing a new deal and therefore the Arsenal manager lined up a player who would either replace the Van Persie this summer or in a year’s time when his contract came to an end.
So is the 25 year old French international the man to fill the void that will inevitably exist when, seemingly rather than if, Van Persie leaves? Well the jury is very much out on that score.
Giroud has had two good seasons at Montpellier, scoring 39 goals, and helping the Ligue 1 side to their first ever domestic title. However he doesn’t have a history of success, indeed the big forward had to fight his way through the lower leagues to get into the French top flight but the good news for Arsenal fans is that the striker is in the form of his life and Wenger will hope that he can quickly adapt to life in the Premier League.
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