Montpellier say Giroud has joined Arsenal

Arsenal’s move for France striker Olivier Giroud has been confirmed as completed by the player’s current club, Ligue 1 champions Montpellier, the Guardian has reported. An announcement from the Gunners is said to be imminent.

The fee for Giroud is expected to be around £13m after Montpellier’s president, Louis Nicollin, revealed Arsenal had met the release clause in the forward’s contract. Speaking to a French newspaper, Nicollin also wished Giroud luck for this next move in his career.

Giroud joined Montpellier in 2010, having previously played for Grenoble, Istres and Tours. In total Giroud has made 216 appearances and scored 93 goals, all in the French leagues, including 25 in 43 last season as Montpellier claimed a surprise Ligue 1 title ahead of defending champions Lille and the petrodollar-fuelled Paris Saint-Germain.

The 25-year-old also made his international bow during the 2011-12 campaign, breaking into Laurent Blanc’s France side against the United States in November 2011 and scoring his first international goal against Germany in 2012. Giroud was also part of the France squad that reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

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