Arsenal fans have been told to prepare themselves for another summer of uncertainty after chief executive Ivan Gazidis has warned that Robin Van Persie’s contract issues are far from over. The Daily Mirror report that Arsene Wenger wanted to tie up the Dutch international’s contract before the European Championships but after weeks of negotiations Gazidis has claimed a solution is ‘weeks away’.
This comes just a day after the 30-year-old was quoted in The Sun praising Serie A side, Juventus. It is thought that the Italian champions are favourites to sign Van Persie and this latest development is sure to alert them. Reports last week suggested Manchester City were keen to make the PFA player of the year their fifth Arsenal signing in 3 years.
Arsenal are looking into the possibility of signing French International, Olivier Giroud, to strengthen their options going forward ahead of the 2012/13 season. The Montpellier striker has been prolific this season, contributing 25 goals and 9 assists in league and cup and playing an instrumental part in Montpellier’s first ever league championship.
Giroud finished the season as the league’s top scorer and earned himself a call-up to the French preliminary squad for the Euros. Affectionately dubbed as “The Charm Striker” by the French media as a reference to his good looks and personality, on the field the 25 year old is known for his size and physical style of play. Arsene Wenger believes Giroud to be the perfect option to partner Robin Van Persie and add some robust and vigour to his side.
According the The Mirror, Arsenal are ready to offer £6.5 million plus Marouane Chamakh to Montpellier for the Frenchman’s services. Chamakh, 28, has failed to impress at the Emirates since moving on a free transfer in 2010 and is now considered suffice to requirements at the North London club.