Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been offered a new contract at the Emirates Stadium which could cement his future until 2018, according to reports in France.
The Daily Express, citing reports in France from L’Equipe, claims the Gunners forward has been handed an extension on his current deal which runs out in 2016, and is on the verge of agreeing to it, despite the fact that Arsene Wenger is heavily tipped to bring in another forward before the summer transfer window closes.
Having initially struggled in the Premier League after his £9.6million move from Montpellier in 2012 the 27-year-old improved during his second season, and is now an established part of the Arsenal machine Wenger is aiming to steer towards domestic success. Yet despite that question marks remain over his ability to be a consistently goalscorer at the highest level, and so the man himself will undoubtedly be delighted with the contract on the table.
Giroud at the Emirates
The France international has managed to bag himself 39 goals in 98 appearances for the Gunners, though only 27 of those have come in the Premier League. Whilst not being an overly terrible record that equates to just over 13 goals a season which, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t nearly enough for a lone forward in a side looking to compete for the title.
When compared with Robin van Persie’s tally of 30 the year before Giroud joined - or the 18 he scored the year before that - the current frontman’s lack of a clinical edge in front of goal takes on a heightened significance in the eyes of some critics, though there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Finding a partner
Giroud is a different type of player to Van Persie, and his ability to hold the ball up and bring others into the game is a vastly underrated quality. The former Ligue 1 ace would likely thrive if partnered with a talent suited to taking advantage of the assists he provides, and it makes sense to assume that the idea is part of Wenger’s thinking in offering him a new deal.
For this summer the media has been inundated with rumours that Arsenal are in the market for a top quality striker, with the likes of Karim Benzema and Loic Remy named as potential targets.
Whilst deals for that specific duo may be dead in the water Wenger is determined to find someone to get the best out of Giroud, and the formation of a successful partnership for the next four years certainly ranks high when it comes to his ambitions.