Arsenal transfer target is not to replace Robin van Persie

09:12 14 June 2012

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud

EMPICS Sport

Montpellier and France striker Olivier Giroud is close to £11m deal

Arsenal are ready to sign their second striker of the summer, Frenchman Olivier Giroud, but that does not mean Robin van Persie is heading for the Emirates exit.

Montpellier marksman Giroud, top scorer in France for last season’s surprise Ligue 1 champions, is close to agreeing a switch to the Gunners in an £11m deal.

He looks set to join Germany star Lukas Podolski at the Emirates, but the pair are not being looked at as replacements for Gunners captain Van Persie, who has been told by the Emirates board to take his time over deciding his future.

Van Persie will enter the final year of his contract next month, but Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Robin sat down with us at the end of the season and we had a good discussion.

Discussions

“What we agreed at that meeting was that we would keep all the discussions we had over the summer to ourselves and make announcements when it is the right time.

“Robin is clearly focused on the Euros at the moment and we wish him well, and at the right time we will make the right announcements.”

Arsene Wenger, who is in Poland and Ukraine working at the European Championship for French television, will now look to offload his unwanted strikers as he makes room in the squad for Giroud.

Among them may be Marouane Chamakh, who could be included as part of the Giroud deal, although the Morocco international would prefer a return to his former club Bordeaux.

And the Gunners will also listen to offers for Korean Ju-Young Park, Nicklas Bendtner, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, and Mexican flop Carlos Vela.

Loan

Vela signed for the Gunners in 2007 but has since had loan spells at five different clubs and spent last season with La Liga side Real Sociedad, making it clear he did not want to return to the Emirates again.

One player who has already left Arsenal is 19-year-old Dutch midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, who has joined leading Turkish club Besiktas in a deal worth £500,000.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Pistorius fired four shots through a bathroom door killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Read more

Trekkers in the Himalayas will be forced to carry GPS tracking units to help authorities trace them in case of an emergency. It comes after Nepal suffered its worst hiking disaster last week when 41 people, including foreign tourists and local guides, were killed when a blizzard and avalanches swept the northern mountains in central […]

Read more

Will Tracy Barlow make it up the aisle without her groom being exposed as a murderer?

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Arsenal Quizzes

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more
Roy Keane  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Roy Keane denied the world of more glorious beard action this weekend by shaving his famous chin hair off, however football is still littered with some impressive beards.

Read more
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger (Pictures: Getty Images)

London derbies are always eagerly anticipated but few more than when Chelsea and Arsenal meet.

Read more

Arsenal Transfer News