Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is close to agreeing a new four-year deal with the Gunners, which will see his wages increase from £60,000-a-week to £90,000-a-week.
This is according to an exclusive report by Goal, who claim that Giroud opened talks with the north London outfit over a new deal in the summer. The France international only has two years left on his current contract, and manager Arsene Wenger is keen to ensure his first-choice centre-forward is tied to the club until 2018.
Giroud out until January
Giroud is currently sidelined with a broken foot and is expected to be out of action until January at the earliest.
Wenger subsequently made a late decision to sign England international Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on the final day of the summer transfer window for a £16 million fee.
The arrival of Welbeck does not appear to have deterred Giroud from committing his long-term future to the Gunners - and it’s understood that an announcement confirming the contract extension has been signed could be made imminently.
Giroud improving every season
Giroud arrived at the Emirates Stadium in 2012 after helping French side Montpellier win the Ligue 1 title against the odds. He scored 25 goals in 42 appearances in his final season with MHSC before being snapped up by Wenger for a £9.6 million fee.
In his first season with the Gunners he scored 17 goals in 47 matches, but only 11 of those came in the Premier League.
However, he enjoyed a better second season with Arsenal, netting 16 Premier League goals and a total of 22 in 52 matches.
Additional competition at the Emirates Stadium
This term, though, he faces stiffer competition for a first-team place than at any other time in his Arsenal career.
Not only will he need to win his first-team place back from Welbeck, who has failed to score in his first two matches for Arsenal, but he may also need to displace the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell - all of whom are capable of playing in the centre-forward position.
Giroud, though, is a different type of striker to his five aforementioned teammates. And the fact Wenger is prepared to offer him a new four-year deal suggests the Frenchman will remain an integral part of the Gunners’ plans for the foreseeable future.
Giroud will become the latest in a growing list of players to commit their futures to the Gunners.
Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky have all put pen-to-paper on new deals with the FA Cup holders this year.
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