Olivier Giroud scored a sure-fire contender for goal of the season last night, as he linked up with Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott in executing a sublime overhead kick to defeat Red Star Belgrade.
And while the Frenchman is often criticised for failing to show the same sort of consistency as Sergio Aguero, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane… he definitely knows where the goal is.
In fact, it wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that Giroud has scored some absolute ‘worldies’ during his time at the Emirates, having signed for the club from Montpellier 2012.
The 31-year-old recently scored his 100th goal for the Gunners, offering us a large bracket of sensational strikes to choose from when it comes to whittling down Giroud’s best Arsenal goals.
So where does last night’s acrobatic effort vs Red Star rank?
5. West Ham United
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Much like Giroud’s goal v Red Star, this strike against West Ham from 2015 was all about the build up play… and the Frenchman’s ability to capitalise on his side’s quick passing.
The fact the France international nearly split the post in two definitely helped his cause as well.
4. West Ham United (Again)
The Hammers must be sick of the sight of Giroud by now, considering he scored another belter against them a year earlier in 2014..
Ex-Gunners defender Thomas Vermaelen launched the ball deep into West Ham territory, allowing Giroud to apply a killer first-touch before firing the ball past Adrian.
3. Manchester United
Another criticism often levelled at Giroud is that he doesn’t score enough goals in the big games – those critics must have been watching Coronation Street when the front man fired past David De Gea in 2014.
Not only did he show the movement to lose his marker, he also had the composure to obliterate one of the best goalkeepers in the land with a thunderous hit.
2. Crystal Palace
Giroud’s stunning scorpion kick v Crystal Palace has been nominated for this year’s Puskas Award, a trophy given to the player who has scored the “most beautiful” goal of the year.
Let’s just say, we wouldn’t be surprised if he wins.
1. Red Star Belgrade
Giroud’s goal against Palace may be up for the best goal of 2016, but his last-gasp winner against Red Star was quite simply out of this world.
Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere of course deserve a special mention after their exquisite build-up play bamboozled the Serbian side’s back line.
However, it was the Chambéry-born finisher who acrobatically beat Canada international, Milan Borjan.
Take a bow, Olivier.