Olivier Giroud stunned Premier League watchers with a phenomenal scorpion kick to send Arsenal on their way to a 2-0 home win over Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace, 90min reports. Alex Iwobi scored the second goal with a second half header to send the Gunners up into third.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Wenger said:
“It was a great counter attack at great speed, and in fact the ball was kicked behind him and he had that reflex that surprises everybody who knows football and is what makes football great.
“It’s a surprise, of course a fantastic goal. I was a bit spoilt over the year by that exceptional quality that everybody had.
“It’s a reflex, and I think all of us can score this kind of goal, at the moment you have the strength, power and mental reflex.”
After the game, Giroud admitted that he may have been inspired by Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan who scored a similar goal on Boxing Day.
Giroud has now scored six goals in his last four Premier League starts, including a hat-trick against Aston Villa last season – an example of how little the Frenchman has featured since Wenger began to opt for Alexis Sanchez up front.
“Olivier is very good in front of goal on crosses, but I’ve never seen this type of goal from him,” Wenger continued.
“Overall I believe we controlled the game, we had a bit of a difficult patch in the second half with a few corners.
“I was very pleased with the pace of our game, the speed of passing and movement, our game is based on that. For long periods we had a good mixture of possession and penetration.
“At the moment Chelsea is in front of everybody, but all the others try to hang on, not to give any ground away, and at the moment they manage to do that, when they are expected to win they win.
“You have to just focus and try to win the next game and hope that some others will drop points.”
The win moved Arsenal up into third with the second half of the season to make up the nine point gap between themselves and Chelsea.