Exclusive: "Hitting the underside of the crossbar made it that much better" – Olivier Giroud remembers his famous scorpion kick goal for Arsenal

Olivier Giroud
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It has gone down as one of the greatest goals in Premier League history: Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick, scored on New Year's Day in 2017, set Arsenal on course for a 2-0 victory, and won the Frenchman the Puskas Award for Best Goal later that year. 

Victory for the Gunners that day helped move Arsene Wenger's side into third, ahead of Manchester City and Tottenham, but it was Giroud who hogged the headlines for his 17th minute strike. With Palace on the front foot, Lucas Perez won the ball back to start the move which culminated in Giroud's brilliant, improvised, back-heeled volley which beat Wayne Hennessy and went in off the underside of the crossbar. 

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