There was a joke going around on social media last night about Olivier Giroud.
It read: “When Giroud shows his grandkids a compilation of his best goals they're going to think he was better than Pele.”
Pretty funny stuff.
It came in the wake of Giroud’s stunning goal against Red Star Belgrade, which handed Arsenal a 1-0 win in their Europa League clash.
After some fine work from Jack Wilshere, Giroud hit a first time overhead kick that sailed into the back of the net.
He simply never scores bad goals.
Giroud: 'I was a little bit lucky'
Giroud admitted afterwards that he took the overhead kick on only after realising there wasn’t a teammate in sight.
“In that position I can control the ball and try to play with another team-mate,” the Frenchman said.
“But I didn’t see anyone so I tried to take it, a little bit like [the goal against] Crystal Palace.
“I was a little bit lucky because it was top corner, back of the net.”
What Giroud said to Wenger before his goal
Giroud has now scored three goals in 2017 alone that would be considered the greatest ever goal in the careers of many players, scoring superb efforts against Palace and Red Star for Arsenal and against Sweden while playing for France.
But the 31-year-old, who was linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium in the summer, sensed a goal coming.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Giroud told him during the match that he would score - although nobody could have envisioned it would be such a special strike.
"Well at some stage he came to the touchline and told me he would score," Wenger said in his post-match press conference, per Sky Sports.
"I don't know [how he knew but] that's certainly no more than I did, but I think that's Olivier Giroud - he keeps belief when it's tough and that's why maybe he scores as well at moments you don't necessarily expect him to score.”
Giroud’s winner leaves Arsenal on the brink of reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League.
They top Group H with three wins from three and you have to think that Wenger, who included a string of youngsters in his starting line-up and on the bench against Red Star, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil left at home, will begin to take the competition more seriously in the next stage.
Which Giroud goal is his best this year? Let us know in the comments section below!
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