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Monday 18 December 2017

Wily Wenger will boost my game - Giroud

NEW Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud is confident Gunners manager Arsene Wenger can take his game to another level.

Giroud, part of France's Euro 2012 squad which was knocked out by Spain in the quarter-finals, has penned a "long-term contract" for an undisclosed fee from Montpellier, believed to be £13million.

The 25-year-old spent the early part of his career in the same Tours FC side as Gunners centre-half Laurent Koscielny.

However, after 21 goals in 36 league appearances as Montpellier claimed their first Ligue 1 title last season, there were plenty of suitors for his signature.

Giroud revealed it was the chance to work with Wenger which played a big part in his decision to opt for the Emirates Stadium.

"The manager has always been about developing, and I hope he can continue to do that with me too," he said.

"I can see what happened to me until now and I hope to continue to progress and show that I can impose myself at the top level."

The forward is confident he has joined a team capable of delivering silverware next season.

"I am confident in the potential of the group and I am convinced that in the future, hopefully next season, we can win something," said Giroud, whose deal with Arsenal will officially commence on July 1.

"I have the weapons to do well here.

"I will need some time to adapt of course, but I am not worried about that. I think I will adapt well."

Wenger feels Giroud will bring "another dimension" to his squad, which has already been bolstered by Germany's Lukas Podolski.

"Oliver has proved that he is capable of performing at the top level with club and country. And we saw what a big influence he was in Montpellier's championship-winning side last season," Wenger said.

Arsenal may have brought in fresh faces, but there is still work to do to convince captain Robin van Persie to stay.

The Gunners are also likely to offload fringe players, with strikers Marouane Chamakh, Carlos Vela and Nicklas Bendtner likely to leave.

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