President pleads with Arsenal target Giroud to stay

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Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has pleaded with Olivier Giroud to stay at the Stade de la Mosson for another season, amid reported interest in his signature from Arsenal.

Giroud has been in sensational form for Montpellier this season; scoring 19 goals in 29 appearances as La Paillade remain on course to win the first Ligue 1 title in their history.

Montpellier are three points ahead of second placed Paris Saint-Germain with six games remaining, with third placed Lille trailing the leaders by seven points.

Unsurprisingly, the exploits of the 25-year-old France international appear to have caught the attention of numerous clubs across the continent, the most high profile of whom being Arsenal.

Montpellier are though, of course, desperate to keep hold of their prized asset, and Nicollin hopes the Frenchman would be able to reject the potential lure of signing for Arsenal, for the time being at least.

"He is a smart kid and I hope he stays here," French radio station RMC SPORTS.

"When we play in the Champions League he will help us progress further and I hope he stays another year."

Should Arsenal decide to formalise their interest in Giroud, Arsene Wenger would reportedly have to part with £25 million to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

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