Arsenal management admit they swooped for Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud in anticipation of Robin van Persie leaving. Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi has admitted that Giroud can be considered as a replacement for the Dutchman.

He told "Was the recruitment of Giroud made to compensate for his Van Persie's departure? Yes, we worked to avoid being cornered.

"We want him to stay home but he is left with one year on his contract so it is complicated.

"At Arsenal, there is a healthy atmosphere, he's been here for eight years and he has a real commitment to the club."