Gunners confirm Giroud capture
Wenger delighted to have snapped up French striker
Last Updated: June 26, 2012 10:21am
Olivier Giroud: Looking forward to testing himself in the Premier League
Arsenal have announced that France international striker Olivier Giroud has joined the club from Montpellier, penning a long-term contract at Emirates Stadium.
The 25-year-old, who formed part of France's squad at Euro 2012, passed a medical and agreed personal terms on Monday.
His move has now been made official, with all of the relevant paperwork processed.
He arrives in England with a big reputation, having netted 21 times for Montpellier last season as they swept to the Ligue 1 title.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is delighted to have bolstered his attacking ranks with a proven goal-getter and is backing Giroud to light up the Premier League.
He told the club's official website: "We are delighted to have secured the signing of Olivier Giroud.
"He has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic. We are excited about Olivier joining us and he will add an additional dimension to our attacking options next season.
"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."
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"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.
"We all look forward to Olivier joining us and seeing him play in an Arsenal shirt."
Giroud, whose contract will begin on 1st July, added: "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 Arsene 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."