ARSENAL are at the front of the queue to sign £10million-rated Montpeliier striker Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal lead Giroud chase

The Frenchman smashed 21 goals in 36 games to help his side claim their first-ever Ligue 1 title last season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has had Giroud watched and is thought to be considering a swoop for the 25-year-old.

And Montpellier manager Rene Girard admits he is likely to lose his prized asset to the North Londoners in the near future.

Speaking to French radio station RMC, he said: “Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England.

“If Arsene agrees with the president [Louis Nicollin], he will sign for them.”

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