Olivier Giroud has become one of Arsenal’s highest paid players after he was reportedly rewarded with a new three-year deal at the Emirates, according to the Metro.
The news that Giroud has reportedly committed his future to the Gunners is likely to please supporters, based on his efforts since his arrival from Montpellier in 2012. In the Premier League, he has scored 41 goals in 97 games.
Giroud has proved a success despite not boasting much pace. Unlike Theo Walcott, he is not able to get away from his markers using acceleration. However, he has already adapted his game so that his strengths lie in other areas, and may up for that particular weakness. That adaptability that is already evident in his game, will allow him to play at the highest level for a lot longer than some forwards, who fail to adjust once they start losing sprints against opponents.
However, the signing suggests that Arsene Wenger is not holding out much hope of being able to convince Karim Benzema to make a move to north London this summer.
The Metro previously reported that Arsenal had submitted a £31.3m bid for the Frenchman. But, it seems difficult to imagine that they would award their current striker such a lucrative new deal, if they were expecting a marquee name to arrive through the door, and probably keep him out of the side.