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Wed Apr 23 12:28:07 SAST 2014

Arsenal set for Giroud capture

TEAMtalk Media | 12 June, 2012 13:330 Comments
Montpellier's Olivier Giroud reacts at the end his Ligue 1 match against Stade Rennes at the Route de Lorient stadium in Rennes, May 7, 2012
Image by: Stephane Mahe / REUTERS

Arsenal are leading the race to sign highly-rated striker Olivier Giroud according to Montpellier coach Rene Girard.

Numerous clubs are after France international Giroud's signature following a prolific season in Ligue 1 where he netted 25 times to secure the title for Montpellier.

It is understood Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the 25-year-old and is eager to have him in North London next season.

The Ligue 1 champions are reluctant to let him go but Girard concedes the player is likely to move to the Emirates if a deal is agreed with the South of France club.

"Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England, if Arsene [Wenger] agrees with the president [Louis Nicollin], he will sign for them", Girard told French radio station RMC.

Giroud is currently with the French national team at Euro 2012 and the frontman is expected to come to a decision on his future after the tournament.

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