Wenger: Giroud has agreed new Arsenal contract

Goal exclusively revealed earlier in September that the striker, who is currently sidelined for a broken foot, was close to agreeing a two-year extension with increased wages

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal have agreed a new contract with Olivier Giroud.

Goal exclusively revealed earlier in September that the striker was close to agreeing a two-year contract extension, with his current €77,000-a-week salary to be increased to €115,000 a week until 2018.

Giroud – who has scored 41 goals in 102 appearance for the Gunners – is currently sidelined with a broken foot, with a return not expect before December, but Wenger is keen to retain the “core” of his team.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray, Wenger told reporters: “It is done. We will announce it when it’s completely finished.

“We want stability and we want to keep the core of our team together because I’m a great believer in that. I believe Giroud is an important player here.”

Giroud faces increased competition upon his return to the Arsenal first team, with Danny Welbeck arriving from Manchester United for €20 million and Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for €40m during the summer.

Meanwhile, Theo Walcott’s rehabilitation from cruciate knee ligament damage sustained in January continues.

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