Olivier Giroud gives Arsenal a fresh attacking option – Arsène Wenger
Arsène Wenger says new signing Olivier Giroud has what it takes to cut it at the highest level after joining Arsenal
Arsène Wenger is convinced Olivier Giroud has what it takes to star at the highest level after Arsenal finally confirmed the signing of the France striker from Montpellier on a “long-term” contract.
The 25-year-old forward, who netted 25 goals and made nine assists as he helped his side win the Ligue 1 title last season, completed a medical and agreed terms with the Gunners on Monday evening following weeks of speculation linking him with a move to The Emirates.
“We are delighted to have secured the signing of Olivier Giroud,” said Wenger. “He has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic. 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.”
Giroud, who was the French league’s joint top goal scorer last term and also earned a place in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year, said he could not turn down the chance to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League.
“I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football,” said Giroud, whose contract begins on 1 July.
“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.
“I was attracted by the philosophy of football and Arsène 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 will join up with his new team-mates for the club’s pre-season preparations ahead of the new season.
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