Further evidence has emerged – if it were even needed – that Olivier Giroud is an Arsenal player.
President of Montpellier, Louis Nicollin, confirmed the deal to midilibre.fr, saying “I wish him well.”
Nicollin also revealed that Arsenal had paid the full release clause fee, thought to be around €15m, but refused to give more details thus ensuring the ‘for an undisclosed fee’ part of the [Arsenal sign player] template on arsenal.com can be used with traditional impunity.
Despite some rumours, Nicollin said that Marouane Chamakh was not part of the deal, coming after Bordeaux’s president spoke about how a return to his old, far more successful, stomping ground was unlikely.
The only thing missing now is official confirmation from the club, which surely must happen sooner rather than later, and Giroud will join Lukas Podolski in Arsenal’s attacking line-up next season.
There is still clarity required over the contracts of both Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott who, in the light of England’s exit from Euro 2012, could probably find time to have a chat about it when he takes a break from writing his colouring books.
It’s also likely that Arsenal will move on superfluous squad fodder but then we all know that already.
Thanks to @jamiedalton82 for the heads up