Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Olivier Giroud scores 'goal of the season' with sensational scorpion strike

Nearly one week after Henrikh Mkhitaryan's own scorpion kick, Giroud has gone one better

Samuel Lovett
Sunday 01 January 2017 17:50 GMT
Giroud pulled off a moment of magic to hand Arsenal the lead at the Emirates
Giroud pulled off a moment of magic to hand Arsenal the lead at the Emirates (Getty)

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Man-of-the moment Olivier Giroud has once again proved his worth to Arsenal with a sensational 'scorpion kick' that has already been dubbed "the goal of the season".

Nearly one week after Henrikh Mkhitaryan's own scorpion-styled goal, Giroud has arguably gone one better.

Striking in the 17th minute of Arsenal's game against Crystal Palace, the forward pulled off a moment of pure quality to put Arsene Wenger's men ahead.

Alexis Sanchez initiated the attack, leading a five-man break before pumping in a dangerous delivery from the left flank.

With the ball coming in behind him, Giroud adapted in stunning, acrobatic fashion to stick out a hopeful leg.

Amazingly, the Frenchman managed to make the sweetest of connections with the ball which proceeded to fly towards the goal.

Soaring above Wayne Hennessey, Giroud's effort clipped the underside of the bar before bouncing into the back of the net to add to the spectacular nature of the goal.

Witty as ever, both Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan labelled the strike as the "goal of the year".

Pundit Gary Neville even described it "as one of the best goals I've ever seen."

Giroud has found himself back in action for the Gunners in recent weeks having struggled to cement a spot in Wenger's starting XI.

Indeed, the Frenchman made his first start of the season against West Brom on Boxing Day and scored the only goal of the game to hand Arsenal all three points.

Giroud also secured a vital point for the Gunners in their visit to Manchester United last month, popping up as a late substitute to level the score at 1-1.

Without a doubt, his goal against Palace offers further evidence of his worth to the side and brings his total tally this season to seven goals.

After the final whistle Giroud remained humble when reflecting upon his special moment.

Giroud celebrates his fine goal
Giroud celebrates his fine goal (Reuters)

"I went to the first post and Alexis [Sanchez] gave me the ball a bit behind me and I got maximum luck," said Giroud in his post match interview.

"I was not well balanced but it was a great feeling. I was lucky but it was my best one ever."

It was his 62nd Premier League goal, equalling Robert Pires' total. Only four Frenchman have more - Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka, Louis Saha and Eric Cantona.

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