Giroud signs new Arsenal deal to extend Arsenal stay until 2018.
Arsenal have continued to secure the future of their current stars picking up from where they stopped last season and extending contracts of players in the club that have contributed to the success of the team in general.
Arsenal and Olivier Giroud have agreed an extension of the player’s stay at the Emirates till 2018. The French International joined the Gunners in the summer of 2012 after a hugely successful season in the Ligue 1 with Montpellier where his 21 league goals helped them to claim the Championnat, him winning the golden boot in the process.
Since his arrival at the Emirates, Giroud has had a mixed reputation amongst fans and pundits, some justifying his excellent work-rate and link-up play while a good lot have not fainted in slagging him off as not the type of world-class striker required to take a club of Arsenal’s caliber to the very exalted heights of success yearned for by Gooners.
Wenger, though, has always been convinced about his countryman’s qualities and in handing him an improved extension, passes a vote of confidence on his importance to his team at present and one from which the future stars are to learn from. Giroud will now stay two years beyond the expiration date of his previous contract. His weekly buzz from the bank will also reflect an increment to about £80,000.
Over his 2 seasons at Arsenal, it has to be said that Giroud has improved his play and has contributed his very best to the team. He came at the time when “the little boy” went the other way and irrespective of whatever he may have achieved with Montpellier, the challenge of the Premier League was always going to be more daunting, never mind replicating the 38 goals van Persie had scored the season before.
Podolski and Cazorla’s arrival together with Giroud was heralded with great anticipations of the return of exciting times to the Arsenal. However, while the other two won over the fans almost immediately, Giroud didn’t quite hit it off, failing to score his first goal until the League Cup game, in which he also missed a penalty. A return of 11 league goals in 24 league starts and 10 substitute appearances at the end of the season did not convince most Gooners that he was that replacement, as Cazorla, Podolski and Walcott scored as much, hence the clamour for a more potent forward the following summer.
Amidst the rumours about Higuain, Rooney and plus-pence Suarez bids, Giroud, to his credit, stepped up to the challenge grabbing four goals in the first four games, finally scoring 4 times more by the end of the season. 6 goals in other competitions saw him finish as club top scorer. The fact he had done this in a season where the other three named above were either mostly unavailable or underperforming showed he probably would have done more with more support around him, putting also into consideration that the other creative players like Ozil, Ramsey and Wilshere could not also feature constantly due to injuries.
Giroud’s link up with teammates is an unquestionable strong point of his game, providing 8 assists in the League last season and for a player who takes neither free kicks nor corners, that’s not a return to be taken lightly. He loves to play for the Arsenal as is evident in his celebrations both for his or teammates’ goals. He played a huge role in our first trophy in 9 years – that back heel will be narrated with glee by parents to their goonerscendants in years to come.
Little wonder, then, the recognition by Wenger that he is part of the core of the team. He may not be the quickest or most potent of strikers at the moment but his experience and passion remains relevant to Wenger’s team, and we should be happy to keep him, while we await the arrival of the one we crave.
Na Naa Na Naa Giroud!
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