L’Equipe: Giroud set for new Arsenal deal

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L’Equipe report this morning that Olivier Giroud has been offered a two-year contract extension that could keep him at Arsenal until 2018.

The French international hinted during the World Cup that talks were taking place with the club and that he was happy to stay on in London even though Arsene Wenger was seeking to acquire new attacking options.

Giroud has scored 39 goals in 98 games since moving from Montpellier in the summer of 2012 (a strike rate of one goal every 2.5 games) and provided 20 assists for his teammates.

It remains to be seen how the boss plans to utilise the 27-year-old in light of Alexis Sanchez’s arrival although it’s quite possible the HFB will continue to lead the line with the Chilean deployed out wide.

In other news Abou Diaby reaffirmed his belief that he has a role to play at Arsenal this season after overcoming yet another major injury.

The lanky midfielder made his comeback from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament at the tail end of last season and hopes his pre-season preparations will stand him in good stead for the year ahead.

“My love of football is just so big that I couldn’t quit,” he told Sky Sports. 

“I am still young and now that I have an oppportunity to play again I want to take it. I try to be positive all the time and that has helped me to come back.

“It is great just to be playing again. Now I just hope I can keep like this and continue. My knee is feeling good. I have been working hard on my fitness and strength.

“I am really confident I will be able to stay injury-free. I have worked hard for over a year.”

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