Fresh from the Arse’s 5-2 drubbing of North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday, Arsene Wenger’s newly annointed heroes are set to be joined by a new face. Speculation is once again linking the Gunners with a £13million move for Montpellier hot-shot Olivier Giroud, reports The Sun.
The 25-year-old currently plays for Montpellier in Ligue 1 and has scored an impressive 88 goals in 201 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 talisman Robin van Persie’s contract up at the end of the season there is the 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.
Sunday’s victory may have taken some of the pressure off Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board but with Chelsea and Liverpool both in the hunt for fourth place, the remainder of the season is likely to test the patience of supporters anxious for the team to perform in a similar fashion every week.
Giroud’s career statistic of nearly one goal in every two games is impressive, particularly in a high-quality league (34 in 71 for Montpellier), and he is still young enough to fit Wenger’s blueprint for youth development. He has reportedly said that he likes “The Frenchy feel at Arsenal” but to be honest that sounds more like Inspector Clouseau to me.
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