Saturday 21 April 2018

Hotshot Giroud set to stay at Arsenal

Top Gun: Olivier Giroud. Photo: PA
Top Gun: Olivier Giroud. Photo: PA

Jamie Holland

Olivier Giroud says he is close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension with Arsenal and hopes to "continue the adventure" at the Emirates Stadium.

The 30-year-old France striker has returned to the side in recent weeks to score four goals in as many appearances.

Giroud's last-minute goal helped beat Preston in the FA Cup third round last Saturday, which came after he netted in stoppage time to secure a dramatic 3-3 comeback draw at Bournemouth just two days following his 'scorpion kick' effort in the win over Crystal Palace.

While still having around a year-and-a-half left on his current deal, the forward, signed from Montpellier in June 2012, hopes to soon tie up his long-term future with the Gunners.

In an interview with French broadcaster Telefoot, Giroud said: "We are about to reach an agreement for an extension (to my contract).

"It was also a gesture of confidence, I want to continue the adventure here in this family of Arsenal. I feel good here."

Giroud added: "When I spoke to the coach, he always told me that I was an important player.

"I know what I am capable of. I just needed to be patient, to work in training and wait for my hour to come."

Giroud's comments follow those of Mesut Ozil, who indicated that he would be happy to extend his contract providing Arsene Wenger stays at the club, but the future of Alexis Sanchez is less certain.

Wenger's contract expires at the end of this season and he has yet to announce any plans for his future beyond that.

Meanwhile, Peter Crouch has put pen to paper on a new Stoke deal that will see him remain at the club until at least the summer of 2018.

The 35-year-old former England international, who has also played for Liverpool, Tottenham, QPR, Portsmouth, Aston Villa and Southampton, joined Stoke in August 2011 for a then club-record fee of £10m and has scored 49 goals in 186 appearances since.

Irish Independent

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