Olivier Giroud has signed a new four year deal at Arsenal according to the Mirror.
The English newspaper reported on Monday night:
‘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.’
27 year old Giroud has been impressive (for some) in his first two seasons at Arsenal. I personally feel he is a solid squad player for us, but with the signing of Danny Welbeck and Giroud’s extension, does that end our hope for a world class striker joining? We weren’t going to get one anyway were we?
Do we really want Giroud at the club until he is 32? Whilst I don’t doubt he will still be a good player then, I question his quality to lead us to the league title. I know some fans who will be less than happy with the decision.
As much as I am happy to see Giroud extend his time at the club, I do feel it might restrict us in the market a little bit – leaving us short of that world class quality upfront for even longer.
If it were me I would have offered him a one year extension on his current deal, so a three year deal. I know the last year normally counts for nothing as the players end up leaving. However I feel that having one less year on the deal just eliminates some of the risk involved in such a big contract deal. Especially when the player is coming back from a broken leg, is it sensible to hand him a 4 year deal worth £80,000 per week?
He showed his quality against Everton before he got his injury, and I don’t doubt he can help the team a lot over the next couple of seasons – just I personally would have made the deal a little bit shorter.
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