21 goals in 36 appearances have netted Olivier Giroud a move to the English Premier League. The French international striker, who failed to score a goal during France’s EURO 2012 campaign, has signed a long-term contract with Arsenal FC.
Signing for a reported £12m a lot is to be expected of Giroud. He was the spearhead of Montpellier Herault as the tiny club defied all the odds this year to win the French Ligue 1. Now he comes to bolster Arsenal’s attacking option.
The Gunners have struggled to get goals from anywhere other than Robin Van Persie last term and with rumors persisting that the Dutchman in off to pastures new for the 2012/13 season Arsene Wenger has moved to secure the services of Giroud and German international attacker Lukas Podolski.
Wenger is also said to be in the hunt for a defensive midfielder, with many intoning that this area has been an Arsenal weakness for some time. However, it has today surfaced that Wenger is considering ending any interest in Frenchman Yann M’Vila. The Rennes enforcer is said to have had several off field distractions and has a blotched disciplinary record.
M’Vila is alleged to have been one of the disruptive influences in the French changing room following France’s EURO 2012 defeat to Sweden in the group stages.
Wenger does not have long to make his mind up as the squad return for pre-season training next week. Wenger made a spate of signings as the transfer window drew to a close last summer, but Arsenal fans would certainly feel more secure if Wenger had his plans in place before the team kicked off its Premier League campaign at home to Sunderland on the 18th of August.
Will Olivier Giroud lead the line?