According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have agreed a fee for Ligue 1’s most prolific striker Olivier Giroud after lodging a £13m bid for the French international, which reportedly triggers a £12.8m release clause in his contract.
Reports are suggesting that the Gunners have also offered the services of Marouane Chamakh in a cash-plus-player deal that will see the out-of-favour striker leave the Emirates after having a largely ineffective Arsenal career.
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood recently admitted he was confident that Arsenal will be bringing in further players after Podolski’s recent purchase as they prepare to challenge for next seasons title.
Giroud has been linked throughout the season with Arsenal with it being reported that Wenger sent scouts to watch the the Frenchman playing throughout the season for Montpellier, with the striker overall netting an impressive 21 goals with 9 assists this season.
With reports suggesting Giroud is close to joining recently signed German Lukas Podolski at the Emirates, the media are obviously having a field day on the uncertainty around Robin van Persie’s future with Arsenal, suggesting that the new look strike-force is due to the impending departure of the Arsenal talisman.
Personally speaking, obviously reports shouldn’t be taken seriously until they are officially announced, although in saying this the interest in Giroud certainly seems concrete. You only have to remember the reports surrounding M’Vila saying he was virtually a done-deal.
In any case, with strong suggestions of a summer clear-out with the likes of Bendtner, Chamakh and Park likely to be heading for the exit, if Giroud were to arrive at the Emirates I don’t think his signing shouldn’t be associated with the idea that he is the replacement for Robin van Persie.
What do you guys think? The signing of Giroud would definitely bring more depth to our strikefore, provided he will play alongside Van Persie or as his back-up. Or do you think he will be Van Persie’s replacement? Will he even be coming to the Emirates at all? Feel free to leave a comment below or discuss Giroud in the allArsenal.com Forums.