Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored an amazing scorpion-kick goal as the Gunners retained their position of third in the Premier League with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal palace at the Emirates.
Giroud’s strike came as he arched his foot backwards to use the base of his boot to life the ball onto the bar and in to the net gave Arsene Wenger’s side a 1-0 lead in the first half..
Young attacking midfielder Alex Iwobi made sure of the three points with a second from a close range header but, inevitably, it was Giroud’s super finish that grabbed all the headlines.
And the goal also drew rich praise of manager Wenger, who said he rated the goal as one of the best he had ever seen from an Arsenal player.
“It was surprising, exceptional, efficient and beautiful so I would say he will be remembered forever for this goal. But I liked as well that it was at the end of an exceptional move and he had a surprising reflex and an efficient one, but Olivier Giroud scores great goals, and important ones.”
“Maybe we do not always remember that he scores great goals, but also important goals at key moments for the team. I think he has improved his link up play since he has arrived and in front of goal as well. He is a top striker, who is a top-quality man as well, so I am very pleased that he can compete for us.”
“It also shows you how quickly things can change. When it didn’t go well for him, he worked and that is something that I rate. Our job is to be ready for a chance, and he worked hard when he didn’t play and now he gets rewarded, and that is right.”
Arsenal are back in league action tonight when they travel to the south coast for a Premier League clash against Bournemouth.