Arsenal target Giroud 'can leave'

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Olivier Giroud, a reported target for Arsenal, can leave newly-crowned French champions Montpellier this summer should the club receive a suitable offer, according to president Louis Nicollin.

Giroud fired 21 goals in 36 appearances to lead Montpellier to their first ever Ligue 1 title, and is now likely to play a prominent role for France a the European Championships this summer.

Arsenal have frequently been linked with a move for the 25-year-old as Arsene Wenger makes further plans to reinforce his goalscoring ranks, particularly as doubts remain over the future of Robin van Persie.

Nicollin, meanwhile, has provided the Gunners with hope they can land Giroud during the transfer window, after revealing the striker has a release clause written into his contract.

"The only one who can leave, it's Olivier Giroud, because he has a clause," Nicollin told TV show Stade 2.

"Then there is Mapou [Yanga-Mbiwa] too, because we promised we would let him go if there was a good offer. But these are the only two who could leave and it is not yet certain that they are going."

According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are considering offering Montpellier £6 million plus the services of Marouane Chamakh in order to bring Giroud to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have already completed the sining of Lukas Podolski, and he will join up with the club following Euro 2012.

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