Arsenal line up £13M Giroud as Van Persie replacement

Arsenal are close to agreeing terms with Montpellier for striker Olivier Giroud.

The Daily Mail says Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal to sign France striker Giroud, a move which will increase speculation that Robin van Persie will leave this summer.

He was a sensation for Montpellier last season, scoring 25 goals as his side won the league title and joins Germany’s Lukasz Podolski in what could be a new-look strikeforce at the Emirates.

Giroud, who is rated at £13m by his club, is a goal poacher with an excellent left foot and his arrival points to Van Persie leaving the club after eight seasons.

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