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Wenger Confirms Giroud Is On His Way To N5

Wenger Confirms Giroud Is On His Way To N5

There was a time when Arsene Wenger would spring a few surprises in the transfer market, we`d all be on tenterhooks right up until the last second of the transfer window because the Frenchman was so secretive anything could happen.

It appears however that those days have long since past. By the time Arsene`s targets are unveiled in their shiny new Arsenal shirts, the Gooners have been well aware (however sceptical we feel) that these players could well be on the way to the club.

Olivier Giroud is the latest player to be part of an Arsenal "worst kept secret", his signature all but confirmed by the Arsenal manager.

'Giroud didn't play much [at the Euro 2012], but he's going to be an Arsenal player 90 per cent next season."

"I think he has exceptional potential and will integrate very well in our collective and our way of playing. He is a real team player and knows how to combine with other players and I'm sure he will do well with us.''

This follows the poor kept secret of striker Lukas Podolski coming to Arsenal.

This signing of a second striker so far this summer will lead to much speculation regarding Robin van Persie`s future. It is something we`re going to have to wait a little while to gather information on, however if van Persie genuinely wants to stay at Arsenal as long as we can provide a team that can challenge for trophies the he`s going to have a hard time talking his way into a transfer, especially if Yann M`Vila is another poorly kept Wenger secret.

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Date:Friday June 22 2012
Time: 11:48AM


Giroud didn't play much [at the Euro 2012], but he's going to be an Arsenal player 90 per cent next season." Was Wenger speaking from the future after the Spain game via one of those new-fangled 'time telephones' , or does he just not fancy France's chances?
22/06/2012 12:25:00
twice in two weeks I comment, Rocky - I'm like that eclipse from a few weeks back - the next one won't be for 108 years...
22/06/2012 12:26:00
It is, indeed, a departure from the past where Wenger keeps these things to his chest. It is fair to say his hand is being forced by increase in communication technology and availability of information on all manner of media. Plus, the antics of greedy agents who will put confidential information out there to influence the direction of negotiations. Safe to say we mostly knew this was a done deal by what we have read since last week.
22/06/2012 12:39:00
Proactive transfers from the club management till date. The additions of Podolski and Giroud besides adding to the depth of our strike force are a clear message to RVP about the club's ambition to get back to its halcyon days. More work to do in midfield, goalkeeping backup and perhaps defence but a string of sales of squad players should be able to fund further activity in the market. RVP may have realised over the course of the Euros that it doesn't matter if his team mates are of the quality of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Huntelaar or De Jong if the unit doesnt work as a whole. At Arsenal RVP is at the centre of the team and the value of that cant be over stated. Unlike Fabregas who was adamant about going back to his boyhood club, RVP doesnt have such a complication. Will be fabulous if RVP signs on but in the worst case scenario atleast the club is as prepared as it could possibly be.
22/06/2012 12:43:00
This is good, don't like the 90% stuff though, will believe it when i see it
22/06/2012 12:50:00
Last week, Gazidiz hinted at a 'big announcement'. Question is, could this be it? It also became a bit obvious when Wenger jokingly stated "he wouldn't talk (about Giroud), even under torture. Strange, he has been giving hints before his signings; if one is to take a cue from that, it is safe to assume we are not close to getting M'villa.
22/06/2012 12:51:00
Just hope RVP is seen as operating in the hole behind the front two, a la Bergkamp. Both Rosicky and Arteta are not long term solutions, and may be more injury prone this season. I think Wenger is thinking ahead.
Wyn Mills
22/06/2012 14:01:00
SW - I think that last 10% would just be getting Olivier out of his training camp and commiting pen to paper. France going into a match against Spain there's no way he'd take his focus away from that now, especially if things are all but done.

Wyn - I've been watching some of Giroud's goals on Youtube and I think his style of play would be a beautiful foil for RvP in the Bergkamp role. He seems to be a real predator, van Persie will finish will many many assists to go with his goals next year if he stays.
22/06/2012 14:20:00
Again, youtube shows that he can score with both feet and thats definitely a plus. You cannot be a bad player if you are two footed. Come on Arsene , get M'Vila,RvP and Theo on board and we are done!!
22/06/2012 15:18:00
Hope so Rocky. I also like the fact that both Giroud and Poldi look like they can handle themselves in a crowded box. Poldi has shown he is adept at arriving on the end of a loose ball.
Wyn Mills
22/06/2012 15:21:00
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