For some reason this week saw a slew of reports saying that Olivier Giroud had signed a new deal with Arsenal, with some fairly hefty wage numbers throw in too.
This puzzled us a little here, because it had been in the news, although not officially announced. So, we asked some people who would know the question, and they confirmed to us that the deal is not something that happened this week, but during last season.
The four year contract keeps him at the club until 2018 – provided, of course, that we don’t sell him before it expires.
Since joining from Montpellier in 2012, Giroud has scored 58 goals for the club, and last season his goals per game ratio was significantly better than in his first two seasons – even with that end of season dry spell that saw him lose his place in the FA Cup final.
Last week the Frenchman spoke about rumours that the club were on the lookout for a new striker, saying, “If there is a new striker, it will be nice for all the team, because competition is good for everyone.”
Rumours this week have us linked with Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski – although our chances of signing the latter might be impacted by the fact we’re trying to offload his best mate Wojciech Szczesny to Roma.
That and the fact Bayern won’t sell him anyway.