Olivier Giroud has been a huge part of any and all success we’ve enjoyed in recent seasons, with the Frenchman our only real option up front much of the time. He is being rewarded with a massive new contract, with the former Montpellier man set to pen a deal worth a £130,000 a week, as reported by the Metro.
The 28-year-old splits opinion at the Emirates, with many feeling he isn’t of the required calibre to lead the line at Arsenal. He has shown real quality in recent seasons however, with his form in 2015 following his return from injury a contributing factor in our lengthy successful spell.
He has gradually improved since arriving in North London, and we look a far better side with him than we do without. The powerful target man offers much more than just goals, and his playing style has complimented us well at times.
£130,000 may seem a little steep, but in modern football it’s to be expected. There are plenty of Premier League players earning far more than Giroud with our rivals – despite being arguably inferior.
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Based on our own wage structure however, you’d have to question the decision to make him among the highest earners at the club. He has been a reliable servant, but he in no way deserves to be on a par with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil.