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Striker To Be Offered Surprise Contract By Arsenal

Giroud could have his time at the Emirates extended by two years.

Despite being currently contracted at Arsenal until 2016, Olivier Giroud is set to be offered a two-year extension to keep the striker at the club for another four years, according to French daily L’Equipe.

The 27-year-old resumed training with the Gunners on Monday after his participation at the 2014 World Cup with national team France.

Although Giroud was in solid form for the North Londoners last season and scored 16 Premier League goals, news of an extension for the forward is likely to come as a surprise to many who follow the club.

This is because the Frenchman has been a much mocked figure since completing his transfer to the Emirates Stadium from Montpellier in 2012.

Giroud has led the line for Arsene Wenger’s men over the past two years since that move and despite many questioning his capabilities, that doesn’t look set to change in the 2014/15 campaign.

The France international is still the only recognised No.9 at the club in any sort of form, with the only real direct competition for his role coming from Yaya Sanogo.

The £35m purchase of Alexis Sanchez from FC Barcelona could see Giroud have to adapt his game to integrate the Chile international, but Wenger still appears to have faith in his fellow countryman.

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