Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud was delighted to open the scoring for us against Crystal Palace and revealed that Arsene Wenger has encouraged him to take his chances first-time due a statistic from last season, as per Arsenal.com.
Giroud delivered a sumptuous scissor-kick to hand us the lead against Alan Pardew’s men and touched on an interesting conversation he’s had with the boss.
According to the French striker, nine of his goals last season came by way of a first-timed finish and Wenger has been encouraging him to build on that statistic.
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“It is always nice to score when you are a striker and especially a goal like that with your first touch,” Giroud was quoted as saying.
“Apparently last year I scored 16 goals and nine were with my first touch.
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“The boss told me in the box I should take it with one touch so I try to do it and I scored with my first touch.”
Giroud’s preference for taking chances first-time could be down to a realisation that he doesn’t possess the pace to get away from defenders if he were to take an extra touch.
While it’s a good tactic, there can be times when more composure is needed from the Frenchman in order to improve is potency in front of goal.
Having scored 19 goals in all competitions last season, Giroud is definitely on his way to exceeding that tally.