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Watch: Olivier Giroud Has Just Pulled Off Another Ridiculous Acrobatic Finish

Watch: Olivier Giroud Has Just Pulled Off Another Ridiculous Acrobatic Finish

An Arsenal goal after some lovely intricate play involving Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, and Olivier Giroud? You could be forgiven for thinking it was 2013, but it was instead what happened on Thursday night as the Gunners faced Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League.

In what was a dull affair up until that point, Arsenal claimed all three points despite not fielding a full strength lineup thanks to one moment of magic.

Some aggressive and direct midfield play from Jack Wilshere created an opening, and after his flick was nodded on by Theo Walcott, French striker Olivier Giroud did what he does best as he somehow found a way to finish from a very unlikely angle.

Magnifique.

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He really does have a knack for making the most unlikely of finishes work.

The 84 minutes leading up to the goal really failed to provide any sort of talking point, so we can expect a lot of noise regarding Jack Wilshere being given a more prominent role as he showed that he can still provide a moment of inspiration, something that has been questioned in the midfielders selected by Wenger since the start of the season.

Giroud too must have a case for more playing time as he has been forced to accept a much-reduced role following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, but for now he can enjoy that spectacular goal, as we're sure he will. Hopefully he doesn't dedicate a celebration to it this time, though.

Mikey Traynor

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