Date: 12th April 2012 at 3:00pm
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Well it seems as if Arsenal have been given a clear run to land Olivier Giroud this summer, after Marseille ruled out a move for the Montpellier striker as they expect him to stay put.

Marseille’s sporting director Jose Anigo was quoted on saying the French club will turn their attentions elsewhere as he believes the 25-year-old will remain at Montpellier this summer:

‘This is a player who wants to play in the Champions League next season and it seems we are not going to get there.

‘That is why I do not believe we have any chance to sign him.

‘I don’t believe he will leave France this summer because he will want to play with Montpellier in the Champions League.’

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the in-form forward, who has netted a total of 21 goals in 32 appearances for the Ligue 1 leaders, and due to his exceptional form has attracted the attentions of several big name clubs around Europe.

With Lukas Podolski set to arrive in the summer and the futures of Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner in serious doubt, Arsene Wenger has targeted the France international to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season.

A few days ago Bayern Munich ruled themselves out of contention, leaving the door wide open for the Gunners to make a move for the former Tours forward at the end of the season. In addition, the striker has been ‘obsessed about England’ ever since Middlesbrough showed an interest in him back in 2010, so it seems Arsenal are clear favourites for his signature.

We’ll just have to wait and see if Wenger steps up his interest in the upcoming months.

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