Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the Gunners, according to reports in the Mirror.
The 27 year old has scored 28 goals in 72 Premier League appearances for the North London club since coming over from Montpellier in the summer of 2012, and has added four in 14 appearances in the Champions League.
The report states that the French international has signed a new contract to keep him at Arsenal until 2018 and the Gunners are expected to announce the deal in the next few weeks after agreeing a two-year extension with the striker. It further states the deal is believed to be worth around £80,000-a-week.
He is currently out injured with a broken left tibia and looks set to be out until the New Year at the earliest although the club are happy with the progress that he is making. The striker now joins Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky, who all signed new deals towards the end of last season.
He started his Arsenal career on a slow note by scoring just 17 goals in 47 matches in his first season, however he enjoyed a better second season, netting 16 Premier League goals and a total of 22 in 52 matches. He will face stiffer competition for a first-team place when he returns from injury, with Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott all capable of competing for the striker spot.
However, his new deal is a clear sign from manager Arsene Wenger that Giroud remains a big part of his plans for the foreseeable future despite the arrival of Danny Welbeck. The news will probably be greeted with a mixed reaction amongst Gooners, considering Giroud isn’t a unanimous fan favourite at the Emirates.
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