“I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football,” said Olivier Giroud yesterday. The 25-year old had just passed his medical and agreed a five-year deal at the Emirates stadium. So now it is certain.
Arsene Wenger had admitted last week that the deal was nearly done but you can never be absolutely sure until the deal is finalized and formally announced. Giroud will officially become an Arsenal player when the transfer window opens on July 1st, as will Germany’s Lukas Podolski.
Giroud revealed that he has long been an admirer of the Gunners, especially Arsene Wenger’s “touch” at the club. He claimed that he has dreamt of playing in the Premier league since childhood, and that he is a great fan of the Arsenal philosophy.
Despite a lack of first team play for France in Euro 2012, Giroud has proved that he has all the capabilities to be a star in England. He was released from French side Grenoble in 2008 after the coach decided “he did not have the level to play among the elite.” Since then Giroud has not looked back.
The striker spent two years at Tours, scoring 38 times in 69 games. He was then signed by Montpellier, where he scored the goal that took the club to their first French cup final. In his second season, his 21 league goals saw him named as top scorer in the French Ligue 1 and his club won the title.
“I’m very proud to be a gunner and I will give my best for all the Arsenal fans.”
Welcome to Arsenal, Olivier.