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Arsenal to sign Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud for $18.8 million

  • Arsenal have signed Montpellier striker and France international Olivier Giroud for $18.8 million.

    The deal will be completed after the Euro 2012.

    Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has plans to play him alongside fellow new signings Lukas Podolski and Dutch striker Robin van Persie.

    Giroud was playing in French's Ligue 2 up until 2010 and only made his international debut last November at the age of 25.

    The forward scored 21 goals in his club's run to the Ligue 1 title.

    Giroud is one of only two recognized strikers in the French squad, alongside Karim Benzema. He has six caps for his country and one goal.