Somewhat predictably, Olivier Giroud’s “scorpion kick” goal for Arsenal against Crystal Palace back in January has just been named as the Puskas Goal of the Year at the FIFA awards in London.
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With the Eagles currently sitting rock bottom of the Premier League with just one win from their opening nine fixtures, news of the Frenchman’s gong will come as no surprise. The frequency with which teams score absolute screamers against us has turned into a running joke over recent seasons with Pajtim Kasami’s thunderbolt for Fulham, Dele Alli’s sublime flick and volley for Spurs and Andy Carroll’s eyebrow raising bicycle kick in West Ham colours (which came in same month as Giroud’s) just a few of the goals which come to mind instantly.
Up against efforts from Venezuela women’s captain Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke the Arsenal man will be rightly delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious title, given the scepticism many have over his game as a whole.
Whilst easy jokes can be made about the fact that he scored against a Palace defence who have become renowned for being a tad soft, there was little to nothing his covering defender (Mathieu Flamini) or goalkeeper (Wayne Hennessey) could do to prevent the strike clattering artistically off the crossbar and into the back of The Emirates’ net.
Having made a run down the left flank, Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez checks back on the edge of the penalty area, surveying the options in front of him before sending a dangerously low curling cross towards the six-yard-box. Most of the time, the slightly mistimed run of Olivier Giroud would have seen the ball pass agonisingly behind him but on this occasion, he managed to hook his left leg backwards, flicking a volley over his head and into Palace’s net via the woodwork.
It felt ridiculous at the time and numerous further viewings have only added to its unfathomable quality. Hopefully we’re not on the receiving end of another ridiculous contender this time next year.
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