Wenger says Giroud deal is ’90 per cent done’

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that a deal to bring Montpellier striker Oliver Giroud to the Emirates Stadium is all but complete.

The 25-year-old scored is currently with Laurent Blanc’s France squad at Euro 2012 but is expected to complete his move to the Gunners once he returns from Poland and Ukraine.

Giroud scored 25 goals for the Ligue 1 champions last season is expected to cost the North London club in the region of £13 million after beating off a host of top clubs to his signature.

And Wenger, speaking on French TV station TF1, spoke of his delight at final capturing a player who he believes has ‘exceptional potential’.

“Giroud didn’t play much (at the Euros so far), but he’s going to be an Arsenal player 90 per cent next season,” he said.

“I think he has exceptional potential and will integrate very well in our collective and our way of playing.

“He is a real team player and knows how to combine with other players and I’m sure he will do well with us.”

Wenger has already added Cologne striker Lukas Podolski to his squad after tying up a £10.9 million deal earlier in the summer and has been impressed by his performances for Germany at the European Championships.

“Podolski did a great job for the German team, he has superb team work,” said the Arsenal boss.

“He plays in a cautious way sometimes, but he’s still scored a very important goal against Denmark for his 100th cap.

“I am very happy with what I’ve seen from him.”

The signing of Podolski and imminent arrival of Giroud is likely to signal the end of striking duo Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh’s Arsenal career’s along with that of Mexico forward Carlos Vela and Brazilian midfielder Denilson with all of them expected to be sold before the new season starts.