For Arsenal fans, it would probably not be wrong to call off the search for the best goal of the year now, as Olivier Giroud has potentially cemented his name on this year’s Puskas Award already.
And what better day to do it than the very first day of the year. Notwithstanding the Gunners’ glorious history of fabulous goal scorers, the Frenchman’s insane ‘scorpion kick’ was described a “work of art” by his boss Arsene Wenger.
The game was in its 17th minute when Giroud received a long aerial pass from Sanchez. The striker instinctively raised his left foot overhead behind and his back heel did not fail him, resulting in a sensational strike that left everyone stunned.