However, Red Star proved a more difficult team to break down.
The game was heading for a draw in the 80th minute, until the host’s saw Milan Rodić pick up a second yellow card and receive his marching orders.
The dismissal handed the Gunners a chance to secure all three points… and thanks to some simply outrageous build-up play from Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere, that’s exactly what happened.
However, it will be Giroud who gets the highest praise, as he pulled off this sensational, acrobatic finish:
The turn and pass from Wilshere ?
The finish from Giroud ?
What a goal from Arsenal ? pic.twitter.com/jVYnzVmeMd
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) October 19, 2017
Giroud of course has previous for scoring goals from unrealistic angles, notching this Puskas Award-nominated effort against Crystal Palace last season.