Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly been offered a new contract to stay at the Emirates Stadium until 2018, according to reports in the Independent.
The 27 year old had an impressive 2013-14 campaign with the Gunners, scoring 16 goals and providing eight assists. He also played a key role in helping Arsenal win the FA Cup.
The report suggests the Gunners have restarted contract extension talks with the striker after he returned from a holiday following France duty at the World Cup.
Giroud still has two years left on his current deal as he is halfway through the contract he agreed when he joined the club in 2012, but the North London club are keen to tie down his future having initially started negotiations before he left for Brazil.
The striker joined the Gunners in the summer of 2012 after helping Montpellier win the Ligue 1 title in his final campaign with the French club. He has played a massive 98 games for Arsenal in his two seasons, scoring 39 goals in all competitions.
Giroud might not be a world-class striker, but he is very important to the current Arsenal side, both in terms of his goal-scoring threat and his overall play. Last season, he was the Gunners only real option up front and understandably looked exhausted at times.
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However, the arrival of Alexis Sanchez will be a huge boost to him, as the Chilean can ease the burden on the Frenchman by playing up front or alongside him as part of a front pair. The former Montpellier can act as a pivot for his teammates to play off and with Sanchez in the team, as well as Walcott and Ramsey, his ability to bring others into play will be on full display.
Giroud needs to be more clinical in front of goal however and if he can become a more ruthless finisher, he can be the ideal forward for Arsenal. Even if Sanchez usurps the French striker as the club’s first-choice forward, he is still a very useful player to have in the squad and offering him this new deal will be a wise option. He provides the team with some stability up front.
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