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Arsenal to Sign French Striker Giroud on ‘Long-Term’ Contract

June 26, 2012

Arsenal agreed to sign French striker Olivier Giroud, the Premier League soccer club said on its website.

Arsenal didn’t disclose terms of the agreement, only calling it “long-term.” The Sun yesterday reported Giroud would receive a five-year deal.

Giroud, 25, tied for the lead last season in Ligue 1 with 21 goals in helping Montpellier win its first league title. He also played for France at the European Championship.

“He has proved that he is capable of performing at the top level with club and country, and we saw what a big influence he was in Montpellier’s championship-winning side last season,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Giroud is the second forward signed by Arsenal for the new season after Germany’s Lukas Podolski agreed in April to join from Cologne. The Gunners are also trying to sign leading scorer Robin van Persie to a new contract with his current deal expiring after next season.

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