Arsenal has confirmed the signing of striker Olivier Giroud from Montpellier.
Giroud, part of
The 25-year-old scored 25 goals to help Montpellier win its first Ligue 1 title last season, and now aims to make an impact in the English Premier League.
Giroud, whose contract with Arsenal will officially commence on
"It's a huge satisfaction to join this great club and it's been a dream since I was young to play in the Premier League."
"I was attracted by the philosophy of football and Arsène Wenger's 'touch' at this club."
"I have always admired Arsenal with its great history and reputation, and I now hope to achieve great things here. I'm very proud to be a Gunner and I will give my best for all the Arsenal fans."
Giroud jetted into London earlier this week and the finer details of his transfer, which Arsenal maintains is "now just the subject of formal processes", was completed after the player agreed personal terms and underwent a medical.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger feels the striker, who played alongside centre-half
"Olivier has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic," Wenger said.
"We are excited about Olivier joining us and he will add an additional dimension to our attacking options next season."
"He 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."
"We all look forward to Olivier joining us and seeing him play in an Arsenal shirt."
Arsenal could also now resurrect interest in Yann M'Vila after UEFA Champions League finalist Bayern Munich cooled its interest in the Rennes midfielder.
The London side looks set to to offload some of its fringe players, such as
Fulham, meanwhile, is reported to be ready to step up its interest in a $7.8 million move for Gunners midfielder