Olivier Giroud had a slow start to 2016/17 campaign for Arsenal after reaching European Championship final with France on home soil, albeit losing to Portugal 1-0.

Upon returning to his club, the 30-year-old struggled for form and match rhythm which compelled Gunners boss Arsène Wenger into switching Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez to his top nine.

However, Giroud looks to be knocking on the first-team return with seven goals in his 19 appearances for the north London club this term in all competitions especially after scoring what looks like the Premier League’s goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Wenger has hailed Giroud for his incredible scorpion kick goal and the Frenchman believes his compatriot will be remembered at the Emirates Stadium ‘forever’ for that iconic strike against the Eagles.

“It was surprising, exceptional, efficient and beautiful so I would say he will be remembered forever for this goal,” Wenger told Arsenal Player on Giroud’s goal ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League trip to Bournemouth.

“But I liked as well that it was at the end of an exceptional move and he had a surprising reflex and an efficient one, but Olivier Giroud scores great goals, and important ones.

“Maybe we do not always remember that he scores great goals, but also important goals at key moments for the team.

“I think he has improved his link up play since he has arrived and in front of goal as well. He is a top striker, who is a top-quality man as well, so I am very pleased that he can compete for us.

“It also shows you how quickly things can change because two months ago everyone said, ‘Giroud doesn’t play’, then today he is a hero.

“When it didn’t go well for him, he worked and that is something that I rate. Our job is to be ready for a chance, and he worked hard when he didn’t play and now he gets rewarded, and that is right.”

Arsenal will be looking to make it three consecutive wins in the league at the Dean Court tomorrow following previous setbacks to Everton and Manchester City.


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