Arsenal complete signing of Olivier Giroud

As expected, Arsenal have completed the signing of Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud for a fee of £12million. The Frenchman scored 21 goals for the French side as they won their first Ligue 1 title.

“We are delighted to have secured the signing of Olivier Giroud,” Arsene Wenger said. “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.”

Giroud is said to be delighted to be making the move to the Emirates. “I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football,” he said. “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.”

So, does the signing of another striker along with Lukas Podolksi mean RVP is off? Or are we building a strong frontline to compete for honours next season?

CARL ELDRIDGE Ttwiitering @eldomedia


Arsenal fan for 40 years. Schoolboys, North Bank, Clock End then East Upper. Then Emirates. AFC dream team: Wilson, Dixon, Sansom, Adams, Pates, Brady, Williams, Pires, Bergkamp, Henry, Wright. Subs: Seaman, Eldridge, Wilshere, RVP, Ball. Manager: Arsene Chapman.