Wenger confirms Arsenal close to Giroud deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the Gunners are close to signing Montpellier’s France international striker Olivier Giroud, the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

Speaking on French television Wenger said: “[Giroud is] going to be an Arsenal player 90 per cent next season.” Wenger went on to profess he was confident Giroud would fit in well at Arsenal, hailing the 25-year-old’s selflessness and ability to link with his teammates. The fee for Giroud is expected to be in the region of £13m.

Giroud leaves Montpellier having scored 25 goals last season as the side landed a surprise Ligue 1 title, overtaking defending champions Lille, who finished third, and Paris Saint-Germain, the big-spending oil-backed club from the capital, who ended the campaign in second place.

Giroud also made his national team bow last season, appearing against the United States in November 2011 and scored his first international goal against Germany a few months later. The striker is currently with France at Euro 2012 but has yet to start a game, with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema blocking his path.

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