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Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick nominated for Puskas award

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A moment of sheer brilliance could land the Frenchman a shiny honour

Arsenal v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

The winter of 2017 had very few bright spots for Arsenal but it kicked off with a beautiful bang:

There’s nothing about that goal that isn’t gorgeous. The strong defense, the break out, the sweet little flick, the charging run, the sublime instinctive finish. And of course, the man himself. Olivier Giroud might have created something more beautiful than himself and it is a goal few are going to forget.

Now it’s up for the Puskas Award, otherwise known as FIFA’s goal of the year award. And there is a nice bunch he’s going up against:

Memorable goals by Kevin Prince Boateng and Mario Mandzukic are probably favourites and don’t sleep on Oscarine Masaluke’s outrageous last gasp bicycle kick (from a keeper no less!) but Giroud is a worthy candidate for the award. He’s hoping he can bag it.

Unless Mkhitaryan’s scorpion kick steals his thunder... what? Oh really? Hm. Who’d have thunk it.