We’re not even 24 hours into 2017 and Olivier Giroud may have scored the goal of the year.
Call us over the top, but the Frenchman’s flicked effort against Crystal Palace this afternoon was staggeringly good. Handed a rare start, the classy forward met a cross from Alexis Sanchez with an athletic scorpion kick effort, in very similar fashion to Henrkih Mkhitaryan did for Manchester United against Sunderland recently.
However, Giroud was onside and his goal had the added effect of crashing in off the Crystal Palace bar. It really was a treat fitting for the festive season!
The former Montpellier man has been in great form over the winter period and it was his goal vs. West Brom on Boxing Day that handed the Londoners a much-needed victory as they hunt down a first title in over a decade.
Naturally, Twitter went into meltdown as the ball bounced into the Eagles’ net, and here are some of the best reactions…
Unquestionably the best goal scored this year #Giroud
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 1, 2017
I love you Olivier Giroud
— peyton (@CIinicaIGiroud) January 1, 2017
Eat your heart out, Mkhitaryan. Anything you can do, Giroud can do better. Onside. Plus he’s so much better looking.
— asyikin (@asyikinyusoff) January 1, 2017
Just 3 men with audacity to score like that in Premier League 1 Henrikh Mkhitaryan 2 Olivier Giroud 3 Gary Cahill (It would be an Own Goal)
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) January 1, 2017
Giroud, goal of the year.
— Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair) January 1, 2017
Best onside scorpion goal of the season. #giroud
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 1, 2017
Giroud started the move with a flick and ended it with one, genius
— _ (@SemperIiber) January 1, 2017
— Howie Richmond (@Richmondo84) January 1, 2017
Hats off. That Giroud goal was one of the best goals I’ve seen in a long time. The back heel, build up, the impossible finish. Wow. #arsenal
— Bernie (@orozco_bernie) January 1, 2017
Giroud gives us gold to Genesize 2017 with a scorpion kicked-goal which outshines Mkhitaryan’s. Je t’adore, Giroud. C’est magnifique!
— Aleksei Vanhee (@Flemadian) January 1, 2017
Just when I thought Mekhitarian’s goal was to be the the goal of the season Giroud comes up with something similar but better WOW!! #ARSCRY
— BEN MASIMULA (@Dlamzozo_AKA) January 1, 2017
Decent of Giroud to do a proper onside version of the Mkhi goal just so there wasn’t an awkward * next to it when it won goal of the season.
— Steven (@EsteemedKompany) January 1, 2017