Olivier Giroud has shed more light on his move to Arsenal confirming he’s already had chats with Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky, that his first professional club will scoop a windfall from his transfer to London and that he completed part of his medical while with France at Euro 2012.
The 25-year-old striker put pen-to-paper on Monday at London Colney, just 36 hours after Les Bleus were defeated by Spain in Donetsk. Revealing his desire to firm up a verbal agreement as soon as possible, Giroud told Le Progres:
“I signed on Monday. I didn’t want things to drag out and on my return from the Ukraine I left Paris for London on Sunday evening.
“On Monday I underwent medical tests. I’d already done some of the tests with the French team and brought the file with me. In the afternoon I even had an MRI scan. I also visited the facilities. It’s another world.
“It’s true, that I almost signed during the competition. We had an agreement in principle, but I wanted to get out here.
“I’m happy and proud to join this club, I also took pictures and video with different jerseys for their site. And I met Jack Wilshere and Rosicky.”
Asked if Arsene Wenger had been present when he signed, Giroud explained that it was actually the Gunners assistant chief-executive Dick Law who had taken charge.
“No, he (Wenger) stayed in Ukraine for the last matches. I signed with Dick Law, his deputy. I even found a house in the suburbs of London.”
Arsenal are believed to have paid €15 million to secure the signing of Giroud, a figure which makes him more expensive signing that fellow new recruit Lukas Podolski. It appears though that some of that money will trickle down to the striker’s former clubs with Grenoble Foot 38, for whom he played between the age of 13 to 22, also cashing in.
Currently playing in the fifth tier of French football after going bankrupt in 2011, the outfit will no doubt welcome the financial boost
“I think it’s around €600,000,” said Giroud of the sum Grenoble stand to receive.
“I was trained there, so it’s really good for them.”
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