Olivier Giroud has compared the overhead volley he scored against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday night to his scorpion kick against Crystal Palace.
Giroud scored one of the goals of last season with his scorpion kick against Palace on New Year’s Day and the striker believes his overhead volley against Red Star in the Europa League was similar.
“In that position I can control the ball and try to play with another teammate, but I didn’t see anyone and I tried to take it as I can,” he said.
“It was a little bit like Crystal Palace, and I’ve been a bit lucky because it’s top corner, but it’s in the back of the net.
“I’m happy for the team, because we’ve been resilient until the end. We keep believing in our game and we knew it would be a tough game, but we needed to be patient and played our game with our qualities.”
The 31-year-old linked up beautifully with Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere in the 85th minute to produce a pretty spectacular goal, which has to be seen to be believed.
So, which goal is better?
Personally, I have to go for Thursday night’s. Arsenal needed the goal, it came into the final five minutes of regular time and it involved three Gunners linking up effortlessly.
While Giroud’s scorpion kick against the Eagles was a stunner, and many probably disagree that it’s not the better goal of the two, it was a brilliant individual effort. The big guy scored it in the 17th minute and Arsenal went on to win the match 2-0 comfortably.
Therefore, all things considered, I’d say I preferred the France international’s goal against Red Star.
Now, if you asked which goal I preferred out of Thursday’s and the one Wilshere netted against Norwich back in 2013, which was very similar to the one scored last night, then I’d have trouble choosing.