Arsenal have continued their selling spree after slashing another £ 13 million on French striker Olivier Giroud. The Montpellier striker has scored 21 goals for the French club last season, which helped him win the league title the most surprising in world football. Despite having a budget of less than £ 10 million, Montpellier were able to surprise their opponents throughout the season and win the league title. Olivier Giroud has proven to be a major part of that success. Will he be the next Thierry Henry or MarouaneChamakh?
Even though £ 13 million is certainly not a lot of money for a 25-year-old, Arsenal will have to make sure that he needs to be a success in order to end the seven-year wait for the trophy. According to FREEbets, Arsenal are 9/1 to win the league next season. He is not expected to be the replacement for Robin van Persie, but it is thought that Arsene Wenger will use him alongside the Dutchman and Lukas Podolski.
The front trio of Lukas Podolski, Robin van Persie, and Olivier Giroud is certainly a mouth-watering prospect. The 6’3″ striker cannot be played out in the wing, which would mean that both Robin van Persie and Podolski are expected to play out wide.
French players have usually adapted well to the English football physicality, but Olivier Giroudcan be expected to take English football like a duck to water. Physical presence is something that Arsenal have been lacking. Wenger tried to solve at with the signing of MarouaneChamakh, but the Moroccan has been a huge disappointment. He will be hoping that it will not be the case with Olivier Giroud. Arsenal have also been linked with a move forYannM’Vila – again from France. Maybe, Wenger has learnt from his previous mistakes after all becauseYannM’Vilahas been regarded as the best midfielder in France for quite some time now.
With such signings, one can expect Arsenal to be competitive next season.