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Olivier Giroud Is Taking A Bollocking From Arsenal Fans For His Last-Minute Celebration

Olivier Giroud Is Taking A Bollocking From Arsenal Fans For His Last-Minute Celebration

After a spectacular New Year's Day scorpion kick goal against Crystal Palace, Olivier Giroud laid on two assists and netted a dramatic last-minute equaliser away at Bournemouth last night. But the big Frenchman is still getting slaughtered by Arsenal fans.

Giroud's leveller at Dean Court arrived with almost five of the six minutes stoppage time remaining, but with Bournemouth reeling, the 30-year-old proceeded to pay tribute to his own scorpion kick goal with an elaborate and frankly horrendous celebration rather than join his teammates at the halfway line for a quick restart.

Giroud charged towards the celebrating Arsenal fans while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - match ball in hand - and Gabriel Paulista attempted to drag him back towards halfway. Perhaps realising that, despite having been 3-0 down, a 3-3 draw at Bournemouth could not quite be construed as 'the hallmark of champions', the rangy striker quickly turned away from the fans and trotted back to halfway, much to the annoyance of Aaron Ramsey and the Arsenal contingent who ran back as soon as Giroud scored.

Giroud has scored six Premier League goals for Arsenal this season despite earning just three starts, and has the best minutes-per-goal ratio in the league. But despite changing the game last night, his mentality came under intense scrutiny from Arsenal fans for whom the comeback at Bournemouth left a familiar, bittersweet taste.

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Currently sitting in fourth position, Arsenal are now eight points off Chelsea having played a game more, and just two ahead of Manchester United. A win for Tottenham at home to Chelsea tonight will see Arsene Wenger's men leapfrogged by their North London rivals.

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Gavan Casey
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