Report: Arsenal first-teamer Olivier Giroud offered new contract

Gunners management have handed Olivier Giroud extended terms on his current contract, according to reports in France.

Arsenal's primary attacking weapon, Olivier Giroud, has been offered a new contract according to reports in France.

The striker, who netted 16 goals and assisted eight times in Premier League duty last season, is contractually-bound to the Gunners until 2016 but L'Equipe claim the new deal will last until 2018.

"Olivier Giroud was offered a contract extension of two years," the report summarised.

One of the club's priority areas for recruitment was, ahead of the transfer window, deemed to be in the striking area.

Nicklas Bendtner had exited the club, leaving Giroud and Yaya Sanogo as two of the few players capable of playing the spear-heading role in the 4-2-3-1 set-up that Wenger currently utilises.

With a number of proven goalscorers seemingly available on the transfer market, including Diego Costa (now at Chelsea) and Jackson Martinez, fans were hopeful the management would buy cover for Giroud.

However, a new contract is perhaps a vote of confidence from Wenger and the board. It is a message that reinforces the notion that Giroud is - and will be in the foreseeable future - the club's go-to man when it comes to leading the line.

Considering Sanogo is capable of providing cover, while World Cup star Joel Campbell will also provide competition for the starting position, it begs the question if Wenger will actually enter the transfer market for a striker or if he will stick with what he already has.

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