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It was tough to catch Olivier Giroud without a broad grin on his face throughout the game against Crystal Palace after the Arsenal striker scored an outrageous ‘scorpion kick’ in the team’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium yesterday. Manager Arsene Wenger, though, refrained from saying it was the best he has seen, but felt it did make it into his top five.
“I’ve been spoilt in my career because I’ve had many great players and many great strikers. That is certainly in the top five,” he said at the post-match press conference. “I remember Bergkamp, at Leicester, at Newcastle. Thierry Henry against Real Madrid, against Liverpool – those kind of goals. Kanu at Chelsea! It’s difficult for me not to forget goals in 20 years, when you score about 70/80 per year,” he said.
Giroud admitted that he was ‘lucky’ to score a goal like that, admitting that it was not something the team was practising at the training ground after seeing Mkhitaryan’s rasping shot a few days earlier. “I am very lucky,” the bearded striker said. “No, not at all. We have just been doing the regular stuff and this just happened because the ball from Alexis (Sanchez) was played behind me and I was off balance. I was lucky to get perfect connection. It is certainly the best goal I have ever scored,” he said.
Wenger, though, was not going to be a headline spoiler. He explained the art behind scoring the goal. “It’s just a reflex. 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 goal-scorer is able to take any part of his body, even if it is a little toe, to score a goal. Olivier has 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. Every striker is certainly remembered for one, two or three special goals – and that will certainly be with him forever.”