The 28 year old, who is set to be out of action until the new year with a foot injury, is expected to put pen to paper on a two-year renewal, with his previous agreement having been set to expire in 2016.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League clash with Galatasaray on Wednesday, Wenger revealed that the details were close to being finalised. He said:
It is done. We will announce it when it’s completely finished.
We want stability and we want to keep the core of our team together because I’m a great believer in that. I believe Giroud is an important player here.
Boss on Giroud's new contract: "It is done. We will complete it" #AFCvGAL
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 30, 2014
The striker has scored 41 goals in 102 Arsenal appearances in all competitions since joining from Montpellier in June 2012 for a reported fee of around £12 million.
The Frenchman is a very, very good centre-forward and although he may not achieve the same goal figures as the Premier League’s out-and-out poachers such as Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero, he is a custom-fit player for Wenger’s side.
With the array of world class midfield talent at the club’s disposal, Giroud takes on the perfect role; holding-up the ball, winning the aerial duels and maintaining the quick build-up play with his clever flicks and one touch passing. Danny Welbeck’s deadline-day arrival gives the Gunners more options in the attacking third, but the French international still looks to be a fixture in Wenger’s plans when he returns from his foot injury.
He is out until the New Year but is making good progress in his return to fitness and he is now off crutches and wearing a protective boot as he prepares to make his comeback to the first team. Many fans have been calling for Arsenal to buy another striker in the January window, but Giroud’s new contract means that the club are far less likely to do so now.
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