Olivier Giroud has joked that his stunning scorpion kick finish against Crystal Palace was better than the one scored by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Arsenal striker found the net in stunning fashion on New Year’s Day, less than a week after Mkhitaryan’s similar effort for Manchester United against Sunderland on Boxing Day.
Giroud also revealed how his Arsenal team-mates reacted to his wonder goal at half-time during the game against Palace.
“Actually, they were teasing me, saying that the Mkhitaryan one was better!” he said. “It’s crazy that two similar goals were scored in one week. I don’t know if I got inspired, it’s destiny.
“He did very well as well, but I think mine is better! But to be serious it was funny in the dressing room, we were all surprised by what happened.”
It took some time for the French striker to break back into the first team this season for Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez being deployed as a striker on multiple occasions, with fantastic results for the Gunners, but Giroud hasbeen in impressive form lately, scoring once in each of their last five games to take his tally for the season to a very impressive 10.
Even though he has played over 200 times for Arsenal since 2012, Giroud claims he always feels the need to improve himself as a player.
“When I first arrived at the club I’d won the league with Montpellier but I came in a discreet way, and I had to prove myself,” he said.
“I always try to improve myself, I’ve won trophies with this club and we want to carry on this adventure, hopefully winning more trophies and the Premier League.”
Giroud was also asked which trophy he’d like to win the most with Arsenal, and surprised many fans by opting for the Premier League instead of the UEFA Champions League – a trophy Arsenal are yet to bag.
Definitely the Premier League,” he said. “Before, to be honest, it was the Champions League, but when I understood what the Premier League means for the English fans, I’d definitely say I need to win the Premier League.”
Giroud’s blistering form has been wonderful for Arsenal fans, and judging by his words – so has he!