Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he was attracted to Olivier Giroud because the Frenchman is a physically imposing unit who stands a good chance of bullying the innards out of opponents.
Top scorer in Ligue 1 last year, the striker led the line for unfancied Montpellier as they stunned big-spending rivals on their way to a first ever title.
While Gunners fans got a glimpse of the muscle-bound hitman during Euro 2012, it’s fair to say that a lack of playing time meant he missed out on an opportunity to show his full potential.
Making use of terms which, taken deliberately out of context (as done in the title…sue me) look decidedly homo-erotic, the boss told Arsenal Player, presumably in a smoky room with Serge Gainsbourg’s “Je t’aime…moi non plus” playing in the background, that he was expecting a great deal from his new man.
“He [Giroud] has a good, strong body and I feel he has qualities that are needed in our squad. Hopefully he can show that.
“I bought him because he’s a real centre forward and he is an intelligent player.
“He is a player who developed late and I feel he can integrate in the way we play football and add something to the way we play because he is good in the air.”
Let’s just hope Giroud’s diamond eyes, cheeky smile, abs of steel, carefully coiffed hair and Gallic charm can do it on a wet, cold, Tuesday night in Stoke.