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Olivier Giroud agrees new Arsenal contract

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Olivier Giroud has agreed a new contract with Arsenal with confirmation expected in the coming days, according to Le 10 Sport.

The Arsenal striker's new contract will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until June 2018; a two-year extension to his current contract. He will be 31-years-old when his new contract expires.

Impressive form

Giroud was bought for £12 million in 2012 as the top scorer in Ligue 1, guiding Montpellier to a shock title triumph. However, with no experience outside of France, Giroud represented a risk for Arsenal, who were looking to replace the departing Robin van Persie.

His first season in Arsenal colours brought a return of 11 goals from 34 appearances, leaving plenty of Arsenal fans unconvinced by the imposing striker. However, 16 goals in the Premier League last season and 22 across all competitions capped an impressive second season for the Gunners.

He has scored 39 goals across all competitions for Arsenal across two seasons and is a regular addition in the France national team. Giroud went to the World Cup with Les Bleus but played second fiddle to Real Madrid's Karim Benzema. His involvement in the 23-man squad, however, is an impressive achievement in itself.

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Although some remain unconvinced, few can doubt the effort Giroud brings to the table and the contribution to the team through his ability to hold the ball and create chances. ESPN accredit an impressive eight assists to Giroud in last season's Premier League, bringing his goal contribution up to 24.

New contract

Though some Arsenal fans may be looking for someone more prolific, Arsene Wenger seems set on his countryman and has awarded Giroud with a two-year extension. It has not been disclosed whether or not he has earned a pay rise on his reported £50,000-a-week wages.

He now joins the likes of Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker, who have all signed contract extensions with the Gunners since the turn of the year.

Sex scandal

The contract caps the end of speculation regarding Giroud's future after it was rumoured he was seeking a move away from the Premier League after the British tabloids exposed his affinity to single ladies on dating websites.

A married man, Giroud was badly affected by the revelations and was soon dropped in favour of Yaya Sanogo. He later regained his place after a period of rest and reflection and is now set to continue with Arsenal for the prime of his career.

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