Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal have agreed a new deal with French striker Olivier Giroud.
The former Montpellier forward - who moved to the Emirates Stadium from Ligue 1 during the summer of 2012 - was rumoured to have agreed a two-year extension to his current contract on wages of approximately £80,000-per-week.
Arsenal are yet to formally announce that Giroud has pledged his future to the Gunners until at least 2018, although Wenger certainly made no attempt to keep the news under wraps during a pre-Champions League press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
"It is done. We will announce it when it's completely finished. We want stability and we want to keep the core of our team together because I’m a great believer in that. I believe Giroud is an important player here," the experienced Frenchman was quoted by Goal.
The early stages of the 2014/15 campaign have been disappointing for Giroud. Despite notching a late equaliser during the eventful 2-2 draw with Everton last month, the 28-year-old sustained a foot injury as proceedings were drawing to a close at Goodison Park and he has subsequently been ruled out of first-team action until January as a result.
Such an issue left Wenger drastically short of options in the final third and Arsenal - who had only Yaya Sanogo left to call upon as an out-and-out striker - eventually remedied this problem by securing the signing of England international Danny Welbeck from rivals Manchester United on transfer deadline day.
Welbeck's capture was initially greeted with cautious optimism by the majority of Gunners supporters, although many were simply relieved to see that the notoriously stubborn Wenger had finally acknowledged the fact that Arsenal were worrying light in terms of attackers for a side expected to launch and sustain a serious title push over the coming months.
Champions League tie
Boosted by Giroud's obvious display of commitment, Arsenal welcome Galatasaray to North London on Wednesday for matchday two of the Champions League.
Wenger has one or two injury concerns to contend with ahead of the visit of Cesare Prandelli's Turkish champions. Jack Wilshere is expected to be fit for selection after awkwardly turning ankle during Saturday's physical North London against Tottenham but Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey each set for a lengthier spell on the sidelines following hamstring and calf problems respectively.
Abou Diaby will also be missing after only recently returning from another long absence, while Sanogo is still missing with a hamstring issue.