Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Olivier Giroud after the French international’s brilliant goal in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, saying it was in the top five scored during his 20 years at the club.
The 30 year old’s ‘Scorpion kick’ was the culmination of a fantastic move from back to front, and made extra special by the fact it crashed in off the underside of the crossbar – something that is scientifically proven to make goals 17.56% better.
Speaking afterwards, the Arsenal manager said it was up there with strikes like Dennis Bergkamp’s wonder-goals against Leicester and Newcastle, as well as Thierry Henry against Liverpool.
“That is certainly in the top five,” he said afterwards.
“I think it was an exceptional goal because it was at the end of a fantastic collective moment, which is what our game is about.
“After that, it was a reflex that any goalscorer is able to take any part of his body, even if it is a little toe, to score a goal.
“I think Olivier had that kind of reflex. He transformed that goal into art – because of the surprise, because of the beauty of the movement and because of the efficiency.
“That will be remembered as the Giroud goal that nobody will forget. People come to the games to see these kind of goals.”
It was Giroud’s 7th goal of the season, and for a player who hasn’t been starting too often, it shows what an impact he can make.
“What is maybe not enough acknowledged by people, maybe even by me, is that Olivier scores important goals,” he said.
“He scores at Man United with a special header this season to make it 1-1, he scores against West Brom in the 87th minute.
“He scores goals that have a weight in the result of the team.”
You could also point to the double he got at Sunderland earlier in the season too. And remember, if you want to see the goal again – check out the match report for links.