Olivier Giroud has come in for a lot of criticism during his time at Arsenal, but most recently from himself. The Frenchman scored a lovely goal against Crystal Palace this past weekend, but insists that there may have been elements of luck involved, as reported by Arsenal.com.
We dominated the game right from the off, but taking the lead first was vital. We have seen ourselves crumble after going behind in the past, and being the better team means very little if you don’t take all three points.
Giroud converted a Mesut Özil cross midway through the first half, smashing a scissor kick past Palace new boy Alex McCarthy. The 28-year-old claims it may have been a bit lucky, but states that it was what he was going for with his attempt.
“It was maybe a volley or a scissor on the side, maybe I was a bit lucky but that’s what I wanted to do so yes I’m pleased with that,” he said.
“I told my friend Debuchy that I would celebrate with him if I scored so it’s a wink to him.”
Why it was lucky is a mystery, especially as he claims it was exactly what he was aiming to do. McCarthy arguably could have done better, but it was still a well taken goal from Giroud – especially as the ball was slightly behind him.
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Many of the former Montpellier man’s best goals come with his first touch, as we’ve seen with his near post flicks against the likes of Tottenham. Arsene Wenger has clearly recognised this, and has urged him to shoot more with his first touch.
“It is always nice to score when you are a striker and especially a goal like that with your first touch,” he continued.
“Apparently last year I scored 16 goals and nine were on my first touch. The boss told me that in the box I should take it with one touch, so I try to do it and I scored with my first touch but it was a good cross from Mesut. I felt really good physically in the game so it’s nice for the future and we need to keep it up for next Monday against Liverpool. It’s a big, big game.”
Hopefully Giroud uses his head with this advice, as there is no point in attempting an outrageous first time strike when you have acres of space to work with.
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He finished by recognising the importance of the win, especially following our abysmal performance against West Ham in the season opener.
“We really needed these three points to bounce back from the performance at home to West Ham,” he finished.
“We wanted to play our game. Even if we won this afternoon we could have killed the game before but it was nice for the suspense.”
It would have been nice to kill the game off sooner, but three points is three points, and we are now off the mark in what could be a hugely important 2015/16 season.