Arsenal have confirmed the signing of French striker Olivier Giroud from Montpellier. The 25-year-old put pen-to-paper on a long-term contract at London Colney on Monday evening having flown straight from his duties at Euro 2012. It is believed he cost the Gunners a fee of approximately €15 million.
The news hardly comes as a surprise with media reports, teasing quotes from Wenger and a statement from the Montpellier chairman all being reported in recent days. That being said, given the manner in which previous players have slipped through our grasp it’s a great relief to see Ivan Gazidis and the board pulling out the stops to do business early.
Giroud follows Lukas Podolski as the second signing of the summer, with expectations still high that Yann M’Vila will also arrive soon.
Speaking about his countryman, Arsene Wenger remarked:
“We are delighted to have secured the signing of Olivier Giroud.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the player himself also spoke with pride at following in the footsteps of some of his country’s greatest ever players: “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.
“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.”
Arseblog News welcomes Giroud with a swoon and some mild whooping.