Tag Archives: Olivier Giroud

Great Goals: Olivier Giroud – ARSENAL vs. Crystal Palace (January 2017)

The first day of 2017 saw one of the Premier League’s best goals of the calendar year. Olivier Giroud was often used as a substitute during the 2016-2017 campaign but he got a rare start at home to Crystal Palace and he produced a goal which you won’t tire of seeing again and again.

Arsenal launched a counter-attack in the 17th minute. Typically, it is Alexis Sanchez leading the charge. The Chilean picks out Giroud who runs across the near post and delightfully produced a ‘scorpion kick’ to flick the ball from behind him, up and over Wayne Hennessey off the crossbar on its way in.

The goal came just a few days after Henrikh Mkhitaryan produced a similar kind of goal on Boxing Day for Manchester United against Sunderland. Both goals were rightful Goal of the Season contenders and in most campaigns, would have won the award.

Arsenal won the clash with their London rivals 2-0. Giroud will do well to beat this kind of effort for the rest of his career.

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Great Goals: Jack Wilshere – ARSENAL vs. Norwich City (October 2013)

This will go down as one of the best team goals as Arsenal toyed with their opponents in a 4-1 victory.

The move begins with Jack Wilshere taking possession from inside his own half. The move continues at fast speed with Santi Cazorla driving at the frightened Norwich defenders. Cazorla, Wilshere and Olivier Giroud then combine with some incisive and clever one-touch play before Giroud plays Wilshere in. To complete the move, he provides the one-touch finish past John Ruddy. It was a joy to watch and winner of the BBC Goal of the Season Award for the 2013-2014 season.

Wilshere’s career has been dogged by injury but when fit; this is what he is capable of.