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Tuesday 26 June 2012

Arsenal clinch Giroud signing

Gunners announce transfer of France striker Olivier Giroud from Montpellier

Olivier Giroud (centre) scored 21 League goals for French champions Montpellier last season

Arsenal have announced the signing of France international striker Olivier Giroud from Montpellier.

The 25-year-old completed a medical before agreeing terms at Arsenal's training ground on Monday evening.

Giroud, who scored 21 goals to help Montpellier win France's Ligue 1 last season, becomes Arsenal's second summer signing following the arrival of Germany striker Lukas Podolski from FC Cologne.

"We are delighted to have secured the signing of Olivier Giroud," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club's official website.

"It’s been a dream since I was young to play in the Premier League"
- 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."

Giroud flew to London after playing for France at UEFA Euro 2012, where they were beaten 2-0 by Spain in the quarter-finals.

His contract with Arsenal will officially commence on July 1st and he will link up with his new team-mates for pre-season training.

"I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football," he said.

"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 Arsene 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."

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Key Points

  • Olivier Giroud joins Arsenal from French champions Montpellier
  • Giroud scored 21 League goals last season
  • He is Arsenal's second summer signing after Lukas Podolski
Tags: Arsenal