Olivier Giroud agrees new contract with Arsenal

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Olivier Giroud has agreed a new contract with Arsenal that will keep him at the club until 2018.

Both ESPN and The Mirror have claimed that the Frenchman agreed the terms on the new deal at the end of last season but has now put pen to paper.

The confirmation is expected shortly and will help to ease Arsene Wenger's frustrations in the striker department.


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Wenger has seen recent signings Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo fail to impress with the former already leaving on a permanent basis and Sanogo loaned to Ajax.

Giroud, who joined in the summer of 2012 from Montpellier, has been a modest success in comparison. The 28-year-old has scored 58 goals for the Gunners in all competitions, including 18 last year.

Last season's tally is particularly impressive because he missed three months between August and November with a broken leg.

Giroud's return coincided with a sharp upturn in form for the team and his contribution did not go unnoticed by Wenger.

New striker

While the contract extension is a show of faith from Wenger, it does not change the fact that he is still looking to reinforce his forward line in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and have also been tentatively linked with Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

Should Arsenal manage to sign either of those strikers, it would almost certainly put Giroud on the bench. 

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