Italian media have Arsenal very interested in the eye-catching French striker, Olivier Giroud.
The 25-year-old currently plays for Montpellier in Ligue 1 and has scored an impressive 86 goals in 200 appearances during a carrer that also includes spells at Grenoble, Istres and Tours. He is currently the top scorer in the French top division.
Giroud made his international debut as a substitute in France’s 1-0 victory against the USA in November 2011. There is no doubt that Arsenal will need to reinforce their frontline in time for next season with the disappointing Marouane Chamakh likely to be on his way out of the Emirates.
The fact that Arsene Wenger was forced to sign Thierry Henry on loan whilst Chamakh and Gervinho are at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations indicates the lack of options available to him.
And with Robin van Persie’s contract up at the end of the season there is the increasing worry that failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League will see the Dutchman become the latest player to leave Arsenal for Manchester City.
Giroud’s career statistic of nearly one goal in every two games is impressive, particularly in a high-quality league (32 in 70 for Montpellier), and he is still young enough to fit Wenger’s blueprint for youth development.
Will this happen? The Guardian quotes a valuation on the player of £42million and this will immediately ring an alarm bell with Arsenal fans. Perhaps for good reason, but the player himself is absolute class – so maybe the problem isn’t with the valuation…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!