Wenger on Giroud: He transformed that goal into art

Arsene Wenger has showered Olivier Giroud with praise following his superb scorpion kick goal helped Arsenal on their way to a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Giroud gave the Gunners the lead in the 17th-minute when he used the back of his heel in mid-air to convert Alexis Sanchez’s cross into the goal.

Alex Iwobi added another goal in the second half to secure the three points at the Emirates Stadium and move Arsenal back up to third in the Premier League table.

But it was Giroud’s strike that stole the show and Wenger couldn’t hide his delight after the match.

“He transformed that goal into art,” said Wenger.

“Art, because of the surprise, because of the beauty of the movement; the efficiency of the movement.

“That will be remembered as the Giroud goal that nobody will forget. Every striker is remembered for one or two or three special goals, and that will certainly remain with him forever. People come to games to see these kind of goals.

“I’ve been spoilt in my career because I’ve had many great players and many great strikers, and that is certainly in the top five (goals from an Arsenal player).”