Updated: 26/06/2012 14:26 | By pa.press.net

Gunners complete Giroud deal

Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud has agreed to join Arsenal on a long-term contract

Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud has agreed to join Arsenal on a long-term contract

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of striker Olivier Giroud from Montpellier.

Giroud, part of France's Euro 2012 squad which was knocked out by Spain in the quarter-finals on Saturday, joins on a "long-term contract" for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be £13million. The 25-year-old scored 25 goals to help Montpellier win their first Ligue 1 title last season, and will now aim to make an impact in the Barclays Premier League.

Giroud, whose contract with Arsenal will officially commence on July 1, said on the club's official website: "I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football. It's a huge satisfaction to join this great club and it's been a dream since I was young to play in the Premier League."

He added: "I was attracted by the philosophy of football and Arsene Wenger's 'touch' at this club.

"I have always admired Arsenal with its great history and reputation, and I now hope to achieve great things here. I'm very proud to be a Gunner and I will give my best for all the Arsenal fans."

Giroud jetted into London earlier this week and the finer details of his transfer, which Arsenal maintain is "now just the subject of formal processes", were completed on Monday night after the player agreed personal terms and underwent a medical.

Gunners boss Wenger feels the promising Frenchman will bring another dimension to his squad, which has already been bolstered by the arrival of Germany marksman Lukas Podolski.

"Olivier has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic," Wenger said. "We are excited about Olivier joining us and he will add an additional dimension to our attacking options next season.

"He has proved that he is capable of performing at the top level with club and country, and we saw what a big influence he was in Montpellier's championship-winning side last season.

"We all look forward to Olivier joining us and seeing him play in an Arsenal shirt."

26/06/2012 15:19
I hope he's not joining to replace Van Persie , really we have lots of strikers that need to be sold anyway. Think Arshavin , Chamakh , Chu young and bendter all of whom should be sold imo.
26/06/2012 16:53

well done Arsene you have a good eye for players and hope Oliver dose us proud. Come on you GUNNERS.


26/06/2012 11:37
Im a Manchester United fan, but i love watching Arsenal play the way that they do, and Giroud and Podolski are going to make them formidable again, but i definately think that Van Persie is on his way to another club. Arsene has gone out with avengeance to get two new strikers.

he's a quality addition to the Prem and to Arsenal and a fine footballer  to boot, Arsenal have done well to get him, he now as to prove himself in the toughest league in the world,


good luck to him

26/06/2012 17:50

I'm beginning to think about buying a season ticket and catching a train for the Emirates twice each month of the coming season.

I hope that Giroud proves to be as good and as influential a buy as Fabregas proved to be, although he should not have left...

Just before the season ended, it seemed ominous for Wenger and Arsenal with the exodus of key players, but Wenger has turned it around, as he turned the results around to get our champions league place. 

I am looking forward to seeing what Podolski can do for the team. He should be the perfect buy.

26/06/2012 14:43

Well done Arsène! Now let's see:




What a squad . Look out Premiership, the Gooners are going to be the team to beat next season.



26/06/2012 14:47
nowust need a couple of good defenders and a midfield general and we're good to go.
26/06/2012 12:24
Bye Bye Van Persie.....or Bye Bye Bendtner?
chris our players a money driven and are not prepared to work on there game ! they also do not learn about the game how many go to clubs abroad ? very few ... coz they will get found out of what they are . lacking in all departments..
26/06/2012 19:08
@ Crazy Fox.......(re: Giroud, Podolski Van Persie are all left footed players so they wont start together.)

Henry, Bergkamp and Pires were all right footed and most always started together.

Having 3 left footed strikers on the pitch wont be a problem.

One of the worst back fours on the Premier League?! Did you watch a fvcking Arsenal game recently at all? We have one of the best back fours, we just have no cover for it. Sagna is one of if not THE best right back's in the league, and with Koscielny's rise in form last season and late the season before, added to Vermaelen in the centre of defence there isn't a stronger pairing in the league if you ask me, the only place we're a little light is left back, but if Gibbs could ever stay fit for more than 6 weeks at a time he'd prove to be a top quality player I'm positive of it. So engage your brain next time before you let stupid sh!t fall out of your mouth.
26/06/2012 18:54
With Podolski onboard and now Giroud, the French Wizard Wenger has shown us all what a class act he is as a manager. No wonder everybody wants to move to North London. The black choirs will have good reason to praise the Lord tonight in Finsbury Park. I can see Arsenal challenging for the title next season with Ferguson running scared into retirement. Hallelujah.
26/06/2012 14:00

I like the style of this player and should be a number 1 starter, but will they play him. The problem with Arsenal they never play the players they bring in. They are all bit part players, Chamakh, Gervinho, Walcott, Chu-Young and Bendtner. I would struggle to pick a first team player out of the list. Maybe Walcott but that is how they play. Van Persie is the first team starter but is often a bit part player through injury or fitness. He cannot carry Arsenal next season.


I think Giroud is a good player and can see them getting their moneys worth. Persist and things may look up. However, Giroud, Podolski,  Van Persie  are all left footed players so they won't start together with Walcott on the right!!

26/06/2012 15:03

nice one !


what do ypu think of that danny clarke!!??


i'm sure he'll be on here to bore us all with his nonsensicle dribble !!

26/06/2012 19:33
Great news, but we still need to bolster the defence, no brainer. Leighton Baines would be a good addition. I see Danny Clark (Zulu) is spouting his mouth off again making comment on Arsenal related stories. Why doesan't e just stick to Man Unt and leave the Arsenal posts alone. RVP will tell us in time what he intends to do, until then, no comment.
26/06/2012 22:16
as a chelsea supporter i have to say you have got a very good player in olivier
i was hoping the toon would sign him, you got a good one arsenal
No he's actually had two good seasons, two very good seasons, this guy has all the tools that Chamakh was missing, they both have ability, but Giroud has confidence, a work ethic and some good strength.
27/06/2012 08:43

A great addition and he will give Arsenal much-needed options, now Arsene can begin to unload some of the non-productive fringe players as well.

All we need now I think is a leader-on-the-pitch type player, someone to get hold of the team and give them some verbals throughout a game, a true captain figure.

Is there a Tony Adams out there........?

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