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Gunners Close In On Giroud

Gunners Close In On Giroud

There have been plenty of whispers over the last fortnight that Arsenal have been closing in on Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, those whispers appear to have morphed into a low murmur with the usually reliable David Ornstein of BBC Sport reporting that paperwork is at an advanced stage. Over the weekend, Montpellier manager Rene Girard told a French radio station that there was a mutual desire on the part of both Arsenal and Giroud to seal the deal.

Giroud scored 25 goals last season for the surprise French champions. It had been rumoured that the Gunners were trying to make Marouane Chamakh a deadweight, sorry, I mean a makeweight in the deal. Giroud is a close friend of Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, with whom he was a teammate at Ligue 2 side Tours. He is currently representing France at Euro 2012. Such a signing is likely to increase speculation that current captain Robin van Persie will depart this summer with Lukas Podolski already in the bag. My own view is that Giroud and Podolski are intended to replace and / or supplement.

After a few summers of dithering and making do and mend in the transfer market, it looks like Arsenal are trying to do their business early. It could be interpreted that van Persie`s vow of silence was to allow the club to negotiate these deals from a position of strength. My (uninformed) view is that Arsenal are trying to cover all eventualities. I believe they would be prepared to let van Persie leave on a free next summer, with Giroud and Podolski boasting a year under their belts to step up and replace. Or else if we do get a crazy offer for van Persie this summer, we`ve at least tried to fill the void. It`s also worth considering that Vela, Bendtner, Chamakh, Arshavin and Park are all not long for the club with no news on Walcott`s contract either.

Whatever the permutations, it looks at least like Arsenal are trying to be proactive and I think that should please most Arsenal fans regardless of the underlying politics. That said, we now how these transfer deals can sometimes pan out. Arsenal is linked with player. Tottenham quickly link themselves with player. Chelsea offer to double player`s money at last minute. Chelsea sign player. So worth perhaps checking your excitement until the ink is dry.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Wednesday June 13 2012
Time: 2:08PM

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Hope this is not another of those Juan Mata case studies! Giroud is a good player and still improving. Will be a massive improvement on Chamakh but doubt if he will move to Arsenal to sit on the bench. If RVP plays in the hole behind the striker Podolski, Giroud and Gervinho/Walcott can play in the forward positions. But after the season Robin has had would he want to play in a traditional number 10 role?
Deltaforce
13/06/2012 14:16:00
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It would certainly be a nicer problem to have than "oh *****, let's hope RvP stays fit because if he doesn't Chamakh will have to play and he's been in Movida until 3am every night this week."
Little Dutch
13/06/2012 14:26:00
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A makeweight? I heard we were keeping Chamakh in the office as a paperweight.
nikolaijns
13/06/2012 14:27:00
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niko - lol, quality commentary as usual
Gooner_Vin
13/06/2012 14:41:00
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Anyone will be a step up from Chamakh and Park. Si if RVP stays and Wilshire is fit for the start of the season, then by all accounts, adding Podolski to that mix, we will be much stronger next season. Just need a quality back up keeper and a dynamic DM.
Trennon
13/06/2012 14:43:00
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I'll just wait till deal is done and announced on the .com site.
Naijagunner
13/06/2012 14:45:00
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LOL .. Superb stuff LD and Niko...
Sajit
13/06/2012 15:16:00
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Not to sound dampen your hopes guys but may I remind you that Chamakh was prolific (relatively) in Ligue 1. He was rated very highly and had a very good returns and understanding with Gourcuff.. So Ill wait to see if Giroud is an improvement over him.
Sajit
13/06/2012 15:19:00
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Yeah Sajit i'm a bit luke warm on it, although i've never seen him play i've seen Gervinho and Chamackh play after blinding performances in the French Ligue
shewore
13/06/2012 15:59:00
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I'd agree that the signing would suggest Arsenal are trying to cover all bases. If these quality signings can convince RvP to stay then we have an incredibly strong attacking line-up, if they don't then we've done our best to replace him. One thing is for sure is that we're looking for goal scorers. Between these three players they scored 77 goals between them last season!
Rocky7
13/06/2012 16:05:00
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