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Olivier Giroud reveals Arsene Wenger advice that led to acrobatic Arsenal goal

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that some advice from Arsene Wenger helped lead to his spectacular opening goal in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Frenchman put his side in-front with an acrobatic left-foot volley from the edge of the box, and despite Joel Ward's equaliser the Gunners won it thanks to Damien Delaney's own goal from an Alexis Sanchez header.

It was Giroud's strike which really caught the eye at Selhurst Park though, and the forward was quick to praise the ball from Mesut Ozil which led to the goal.

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He also revealed that his manager has been encouraging to shoot with one touch in the box after an impressive return with that type of finish last season, with Wenger's words still clearly fresh in the mind of the 28-year-old.

"Yeah, it is always nice to score when you are a striker and especially a goal like that with your first touch," he said, according to the official Arsenal website.

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"Apparently last year I scored 16 goals and nine were on my first touch. The boss told me that in the box I should take it with one touch, so I try to do it and I scored with my first touch but it was a good cross from Mesut.

"I felt really good physically in the game so it’s nice for the future and we need to keep it up for next Monday against Liverpool. It’s a big, big game."

The former Montpellier hitman also reflected on the criticism he and his teammates have taken this past week, with the Gunners bouncing back from a disappointing 2-0 defeat to West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in their opening game of the Premier League season.

Giroud admits a team like Arsenal, who are looking to challenge for the title, can expect criticism when they lose in such a way at home. However, the most important thing in his mind was to bounce back immediately and that's something Wenger's side were able to do against Palace.

"You always get criticised when you lose, especially at home, but we know we are the same (team)," he added.

"At the beginning of the championship we want more and we want to win the league basically so we are going to join the title race.

"It was bad luck that performance but even if we lost last week the most important thing in football is to bounce back the week after and keep your faith and your game. That is what we tried to do and we succeeded today."

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