After weeks of speculation, it looks as though Arsene Wenger has finally got his man and landed his second attacking signing of the summer. The newspapers have been focussed on the Gunners’ pursuit of Olivier Giroud for some time now, yet it looks as though the transfer has finally come to fruition after Arsenal agreed a £12m package for the striker.
Giroud, who is currently representing France in Euro 2012, has been a revelation at Montpellier since signing for the French Ligue 1 outfit for just £1.7m in 2010. It seems incredible to think that back then Giroud was their record signing, yet they are now selling him on the back of a terrific season after winning the title in France’s top division.
However, it has been clear for some time that Giroud has seen his future elsewhere, with his agent constantly remarking to the press that he has been in talks with other clubs. All throughout this process it has been Arsenal who have remained favourites and it is widely expected that the club will confirm the transfer in the very near future. Initially, it was understood that Euro 2012 could delay the move, yet that no longer seems to be the case and the deal should be announced later this week.
Having also secured the signature of Lukas Podolski, Arsene Wenger seems to be slowly reshaping his front line as he prepares for another hunt for silverware. However, Arsenal fans needn’t be alarmed that this deal will signal the end of Robin Van Persie, with the Gunners still confident of persuading the Dutchman to stay. In fact, it is understood that Wenger has signed Giroud to play in a front three alongside Van Persie and Podolski. If anything, it is hoped that this ambition will persuade RVP that his future is at the Emirates Stadium and that the club are serious about winning trophies.