Arsenal 2 – 0 Crystal Palace as Giroud scorpion-kick and Alex Iwobi goal strikes secure three points, Olivier Giroud scores wonder goal as Gunners ease past Eagles as On the first day of 2017 Olivier Giroud scored the goal of the season – certainly the goal of the year so far – to help propel Arsenal back into the top four and condemn Sam Allardyce to his first defeat as Crystal Palace manager.
Giroud’s ‘scorpion kick’ eclipsed a recent similar strike by Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan – not least because it was scored from an onside position, was probably even more acrobatic but also was the culmination of a thrilling, flowing move from Arsenal. For Allardyce there was another sting with the scorpion.
Arsenal took Crystal Palace in the premier league game this Sunday at the Emirates Stadium in London. Gunners were looking to move to third in the table with a win and started with absolute peach of a goal from Olivier Giroud. He put Arsenal in lead with a astonishing scorpion-kick goal after Arsenal had dominated the early proceedings. Palace never looked like troubling Arsenal in first 45 minutes. Alex Iwobi made it 2-0 after the break and Arsenal went on to secure all three points.
Olivier Giroud scored his second goal in as many games, Olivier Giroud’s incredible scorpion kick set Arsenal on the way to a victory over Crystal Palace which moved them up to third in the Premier League. With a cross from Alexis Sanchez delivered behind him, Frenchman Giroud elastically reached the ball with his left foot, looping it over his head and in off the underside of the bar.
An Alex Iwobi header gave Arsenal a scrappy second before Palace briefly rallied to force saves from home goalkeeper Petr Cech.
The win moved Arsenal nine points behind leaders Chelsea, while Palace stay 17th, two points above the relegation zone. They visitors have won only once in 12 league games, with manager Sam Allardyce awaiting his first victory since taking over from Alan Pardew.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Crystal Palace Premier League Match Highlights
- 17′ 1 – 0 Olivier Giroud scores a wonder goal to put Arsenal in lead. It was a Mikhitaryan like scorpion-kick which ended up in the back of the net.
- 56′ 2 – 0 Alex Iwobi header gave Arsenal a scrappy second before Palace briefly rallied to force saves from home goalkeeper Petr Cech.