Arsenal Breaking News: Olivier Giroud Says He Will Sign for the Gunners

Matthew SnyderAnalyst IIIJune 25, 2012

Speaking for the first time about the transfer rumor that has linked him with a switch from Montpellier to Arsenal, 25-year-old striker Olivier Giroud said he is "proud to become a Gunner," according to The Sun, and will head to London this week to put pen to paper on a five-year contract worth a reported £12 million. 

"It is something that represents so much for me," Giroud said of the move. "I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and Arsenal are a great club with many French players."

According to Matt Spiro, a journalist who covers Ligue 1, Giroud had been close to joining Chelsea this summer, but was "seduced" by the allure of playing for Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger.

Giroud had been linked to the Emirates since April, with rumors strengthening in early June that a transfer was imminent. The joint-top scorer for Ligue 1 this past season (21 goals) just completed his first major competition, making three appearances for France at the European Championships.

Giroud becomes Wenger's second signing this summer alongside German international Lukas Podolski. Podolski scored 18 league goals for FC Cologne last season and just celebrated his 100th cap for the Mannschaft.