Report - Arsenal offer star striker new two-year deal

Reports in France say Olivier Giroud has been offered a two-year contract extension.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly been offered a two-year extension on his contract to stay at the Emirates until 2018.

The French striker's current deal runs until 2016 but, according to l'Equipe, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to lock him into a long-term contract.

Giroud had a largely successful 2013-14 campaign, his second season in the Premier League. He notched 16 goals and eight assists in 36 appearances as the Gunners' first-choice centre-forward.

His season was marred in part, however, by inconsistent play towards the end of the campaign. He was in fine form in the opening months as Arsenal rose to the top of the Premier League, but faltered in the run in. Giroud's work rate and finishing were called into question and he lost his place occasionally to Yaya Sanogo.

  TeamAppsTouches per gamePass accuracy (%)Total Scoring AttemptsOntarget Scoring AttemptsGoalsAssists
Olivier Giroud Arsenal 36 48.22 68.94 112 38 16 8

Arsenal fans called for Wenger to sign a new striker to play alongside or replace Giroud, but after signing Alexis Sanchez this summer the Arsenal manager is adamant that he will not sign another frontman.

The pressure will be on Giroud to deliver on a consistent basis next season with fans now expecting sustained success after winning the FA Cup in 2014.

Arsenal are in an excellent position to challenge for the Premier League title this season, and if the Frenchman is able to lead the line and repay the faith Wenger has put in him there could be more silverware on its way to the Emirates in the near future.

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