Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted he is close to committing his future to the club and signing a new deal with the Gunners.
The France international is one of several Arsenal players now in the last 18 months of their current deals but is expected to put pen to paper on a new contract imminently.
“We are about to reach an agreement for an extension [to my contract],” he told Telefoot ( quote via Goal.com )
“It was also a gesture of confidence, I want to continue the adventure here in this family of Arsenal. I feel good here.”
Giroud has endured a mixed season at Arsenal, missing the beginning of the campaign after having been given an extended break due to his exploits at Euro 2016 with France.
The striker has also suffered a number of injuries that have kept him out of action while Alexis Sanchez has been moved to a central role to great success, at Giroud’s expense.
The Chile international is Arsenal’s top scorer this season and his form has kept Giroud confined to the bench, only making his first Premier League start of the season on Boxing Day against West Brom.
However, despite all of this Giroud has still contributed with some crucial goals and proved once again what a vital member of the squad he is and how he fully deserves a new deal.
The 30-year-old come on as a substitute to rescue a draw against Manchester United back in November and has also scored crucial goals against West Brom and Bournemouth, not forgetting his sensational scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, to keep Arsenal’s slim title hopes alive.
Giroud was also at it in the FA Cup against Preston, scoring a late winner as the Gunners came from behind against Championship opposition to sneak into the fourth round.
While the Frenchman is frequently criticised, his strike rate this season, particularly given the number of minutes he has played, is impressive and compares favourably with the top striker around the continent.
So too is the way he has responded to being dropped, refusing to become frustrated and instead proving his worth on the pitch with vital goals and also giving the Gunners a different dimension in attack.
Wenger too has also acknowledged his contribution, handing him the captain’s armband for the FA Cup tie against Preston and a new contract is a deserved reward for a vital squad member.