Arsene Wenger has witnessed the likes of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp finding the back of the net but the manager insists that Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick is the best Arsenal goal he’s seen as Arsenal manager.
Forget Bergkamp against Newcastle, Wenger reckons that Giroud’s goal versus Crystal Palace on New Years’ Day 2017 was the best goal he’s ever seen.
“Giroud,” Wenger said on Sky Sports when asked what was the best goal he had seen during his time at Arsenal. “The most unexpected.
“I’ve seen some great goals, but this is the most unexpected because you think, ‘That’s a bad cross’, but with Giroud, he manages to find a way to score even in the most unusual way.”
It was scored in the 17th minute of Arsenal’s New Year’s Day Premier League clash against Palace.
The Gunners broke at pace and Alexis Sanchez drifted a teasing ball into the area.
Giroud gracefully kicked his leg behind him towards his shoulder, connecting well with the ball and somehow looping it into the top-left corner of the Eagles’ net.
The France international’s scorpion kick was so stunning it even won the FIFA Puskas award for 2017. Although this could be partially down to FIFA allowing the poll to go to a fan vote…
What’s even more impressive is that the 31-year-old’s overhead kick wasn’t a fluke.
In fact, just this season he managed a similar goal against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League.
Fans may disagree that Giroud’s goal is the best scored under Wenger. However, they can probably agree that it was, at the very least, ‘unexpected’.