Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has ended any lingering speculation over his long-term future in north London by putting pen to paper on a contract that will see him stay at the club until 2018.
That’s according to the Daily Mirror, who claim that the Frenchman will pocket £80k-a-week thanks to his new deal. It’s believed that the decision to hand Giroud the lengthy new deal came as a result of his impressive first two seasons at the club, with Arsene Wenger keen to ensure that he tied down a player integral to his plans moving forward.
Giroud's new deal
The new contract also goes some way to explain Wenger’s intentions when it comes to who he wants leading his line, with certain quarters calling for him to buy another striker in the January transfer window.
Danny Welbeck was purchased in a controversial deal from Manchester United in the summer in order to provide Giroud with cover and competition, and it now looks unlikely that the Gunners will dip into the market again.
Giroud’s extension, which is set to be officially confirmed by his club in the coming weeks, may be criticised by some, with his goals to games ratio never being overly prolific. The France international has bagged 41 goals in 102 games for Arsenal, but only 28 of those have come in the Premier League.
With the Gunners crowd used to the likes of Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie routinely scoring 20+ league goals a year Giroud’s tally isn’t deemed sufficient for a forward of his reputation, and Wenger will likely be working closely in order to increase his outlay.
One man who will be delighted with the news is of course Giroud himself, who was due a turn of good fortune having suffered a broken left tibia last month against Everton. The 27-year-old is out until at least the New Year, but it’s said that he is making good progress in his recovery, and is now off crutches.
The question many fans will be pondering revolves around who is next concerning landing a new contract. Other senior players such as Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla all signed new contracts at the back end of last term, and others may follow Giroud in doing so.
An injury ravaged Arsenal will take on Galatasaray in the Champions League this Wednesday, before travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea this coming Sunday.