Monday, 2 January 2017


Jamie Redknapp admits the Arsenal
forward's scorpion kick against Crystal
Palace is the 'best improvised' effort he has
visually perceived, but not the best overall
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has earned
plenty of plaudits for his remarkable
scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, but
Jamie Redknapp does not consider the goal
to be in the Premier League's top 20.
The Frenchman engendered a moment of
magic at Emirates Stadium on Sunday as
he turned an Alexis Sanchez cross into the
back of the net off the underneath of the
The fact that he utilized his heel to find the
target marks his effort out as something a
bit special, with the Gunners forward having
to improvise on the spot as he realised the
ball was dropping abaft him.
Giroud admitted afterwards that he had
been the beneficiary of 'maximum luck', but
his faculty and speed of mentally conceived has drawn
widespread accolade and sparked plenty of
debate regarding the finest goals of this and
any other Premier League season.
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder
Redknapp concedes that the acrobatic
strike was brilliant in its own right, but
believes there have been a number of better
efforts down the years – including Wayne
Rooney's famous overhead kick in the
Manchester derby and Thierry Henry's
spectacular dipping volley which left Fabien
Barthez rooted to the spot back in October
"Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick against
Crystal Palace is the best improvised goal I
have ever seen," Redknapp wrote in the
Daily Mail .
"It wasn't something we thought he had in
his locker — it was the sort of goal you
would associate more with Alexis Sanchez.
"I am taking nothing away from Giroud but
his strike does not make my top 20 Premier
League goals.
"There is always an element of luck with
those sorts of goals.
"As good as it was, I wouldn't put it in the
same bracket Thierry Henry's volley against
Manchester United, Wayne
Rooney's overhead kick against Manchester
City or Dele Alli's flick and volley last year
against Crystal Palace... and the list goes

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