Olivier Giroud: Signs for Arsenal
Giroud, part of France’s Euro 2012 squad which was knocked out by Spain in the quarter-finals on Saturday, joins on a “long-term contract” for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be £13million.
The 25-year-old scored 25 goals to help Montpellier win their first Ligue 1 title last season, and will now aim to make an impact in the Barclays Premier League.
Giroud, whose contract with Arsenal will officially commence on July 1, said on the club’s official website: “I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football.
“It’s a huge satisfaction to join this great club and it’s been a dream since I was young to play in the Premier League.
“I was attracted by the philosophy of football and Arsène Wenger’s ‘touch’ at this club.
“I have always admired Arsenal with its great history and reputation, and I now hope to achieve great things here. I’m very proud to be a Gunner and I will give my best for all the Arsenal fans.”