Arsenal restart contract talks with star player

The emphasis at Arsenal this summer has largely been focused on bringing more attacking talent into the squad, but Arsene Wenger is keen to keep hold of the stars that he has got as well, reports the Telegraph. The Gunners have opened talks with Olivier Giroud once again, as they look to give the striker a fresh contract extension at the club.

Negotiations surround the possibility of adding a further 2 years to the Frenchman’s current deal at the club. Seeing as Giroud is 27 years old, the move will secure the striker for the majority of his peak years as a footballer. The player was employed as a lone striker last year, and Wenger is clearly happy enough with his efforts, despite some inconsistencies in form during parts of the season.

The move comes after the club have signed Alexis Sanchez, who will provide another attacking option for the club. Giroud’s offer of a new contract would suggest that Wenger is confident that he can find a suitable role for both forwards in the starting line-up next season.

During his two seasons in English football, Giroud has proven himself as an effective striker. Last year he netted 22 times in all competitions, and in the season before that he notched up 17 goals. Having made 98 appearances for the Gunners so far, he will quickly achieve status as a club centurion during the 2014/15 campaign.

Updated: July 30, 2014 — 10:30 am
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