Arsenal face fight for Giroud

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Montpellier are confident Champions League qualification will convince Olivier Giroud to remain at the club, amid rumours he is set for a summer move to Arsenal.

Sky Sports reports how the 25-year-old France international is one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe at the moment, after an impressive season with the high-flying Ligue 1 side.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be among those tracking Giroud's progress, as he weighs up a bid to bring him to the Emirates Stadium in June.

Recent speculation has suggested that Arsenal are poised to confirm the signing of Cologne forward Lukas Podolski, to alleviate the pressure on club captain Robin van Persie, but they could still be in the market for another striker.

With fringe players Marouane Chamakh and Carlos Vela expected to leave north London permanently at the end of the season, the French tactician will need to bring in like for like replacements.

However, Montpellier are reluctant to part with Giroud, and are looking to build on an impressive campaign that could yet see them crowned Ligue 1 champions.

"If we play in the Champions League next season, I believe he will stay," club chairman Louis Nicollin told L'Equipe. "When we signed him from Tours in 2010 it is like we won the lottery.

"If he stays at Montpellier he will give maximum effort. I can't offer him the same wages he could get elsewhere, but we haven't set a transfer fee and we haven't had any offers."

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