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Olivier Giroud scores wonder goal

Published 1028 GMT (1828 HKT) January 2, 2017
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French striker Olivier Giroud scored one of the goals of the English Premier League season on New Year's Day. AFP/Getty Images
Giroud's acrobatic back heel came in the 17th minute of a 2-0 victory for Arsenal over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Giroud's manager Arsene Wenger described his effort as a work of art.
"It was an exceptional goal, because it was at the end of a fantastic collective movement ..." Wenger said.
"After that, it was a reflex. Any goal-scorer is ready to take any part of his body, even if it's the little toe, to score a goal and Olivier had that kind of reflex. He transformed that goal, I would say, into art."
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The Arsenal striker's goal comes hot on the heels of a similar strike by Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan in its win over Sunderland on December 26. Jan Kruger/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
After the game, Giroud was modest about his wonder goal. "I have maximum luck," the French international said. AFP/Getty Images
Giroud added: "I was off balance and I tried to deflect it -- in this position, you can't do something else. I've never done this before, so it's all about luck. It's a great feeling." AFP/Getty Images
Victory over Crystal Palace sees Arsenal moved up to third in the Premier League table, nine points behind leaders Chelsea. AFP/Getty Images
Giroud has scored seven goals in 19 appearances for Arsenal this season. AFP/Getty Images
Arsenal's next league game is against Bournemouth on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images