Arsenal 2 – 0 Crystal Palace [Premier League] Highlights 2016/17 download
The Frenchman scored an incredible effort to put the hosts into the lead and Alex Iwobi made the points safe against Sam Allardyce’s toothless Eagles
Olivier Giroud began 2017 with a bona fide goal-of-the-year candidate, helping Arsenal see off Crystal Palace 2-0 to go third in the Premier League.
Giroud lit up the 200th game at Emirates Stadium, opening the scoring with a scorpion kick that echoed Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s effort for Manchester United against Sunderland – though the Frenchman’s ability to stay onside surely trumps the Armenian’s effort.
Spectacular in isolation, the goal also helped Giroud continue on a redemptive run of form that has seen him score in his past two games – his only league starts of the campaign.
As ridiculous as Giroud’s effort was, Arsenal’s second goal through Alex Iwobi could also be branded as such – though at the opposite end of the spectrum.
Arsene Wenger’s side have responded to defeats at Everton and Manchester City with successive victories to nil and they head a tightly packed clutch of clubs trailing second-placed Liverpool in the race to cling onto Chelsea’s coattails.
Palace, meanwhile, remain two points above the drop zone in 17th and Sam Allardyce may fancy a dip into the January sales if he is to steer the Eagles away from danger, as he did with Sunderland last term.
Allardyce remains winless against Wenger as a manager at the Emirates after Sunday’s result, with Arsenal suitably dominant from the off, and though Giroud somehow missed the ball completely from Nacho Monreal’s early cut-back, he opened the scoring in utterly stupendous fashion.