Olivier Giroud reportedly agrees new Arsenal deal – Three questions and reaction

Arsenal star Olivier Giroud is said to have agreed a two-year contract extension.

According to reports last night in the Mirror, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has agreed to extend his contract with the Gunners for another two years.

The French international is currently on the side-lines following a left tibia injury sustained in the 2-2 draw at Everton last month, with his place in the team currently being occupied by new signing Danny Welbeck.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, however, still sees the striker as an integral part to his team and wishes to count on his services until at least the summer of 2018.

“Olivier Giroud has signed a new contract to keep him at Arsenal until 2018. Arsenal are expected to announce the deal in the next few weeks after agreeing a two-year extension with the French striker.” The report states.

The new deal has been quoted in the region of around £80,000-a-week and for a player who has just turned 28, there will surely be a few question from supporters such as the following in North London tonight.

Does the Arsenal striker deserve a new contract?

There is little denying Giroud’s improvement since he first moved to the Emirates in the summer of 2012, and the improvement in quality of Arsenal’s frontline has played its part.

The former Montpellier man netted 11 Premier League goals in his debut season and followed that up with 16 over the course of last campaign.

His all-round game is getting better, his success in front of goal is improving and his attitude and fight for the cause for the large part has been spot on.

Will Olivier Giroud still have the same impact in in three of four years’ time?

Fortunately for Giroud, his main attributes don’t rely on having an incredible amount of pace therefore a sudden decline is largely unexpected.

Giroud is comfortable with his back to goal, he can link up well with his teammates and his presence will arguably get the best out Wenger’s most prized assets – Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil.

Where does Giroud’s involvement leave Danny Welbeck?

Naturally, in recent years Arsene Wenger has favoured one up top and three roaming players behind with Giroud playing that striker role accordingly.

The introduction of Welbeck isn’t likely to change things as such, but the England international likes to be played down the middle and Giroud’s return could complicate matters.

The former Manchester United striker has played out on the left, but whether he’ll be happy playing second fiddle or out of position over the next four years is an interesting case.

Here’s a look at how fans reacted to the news:

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