Olivier Giroud is no stranger to magnificent goals, and his half-volley bender to put his France side up 1-0 on Sweden today ranks up there with the best of them. (Perhaps in shock, the Frenchmen surrendered a Jimmy Durmaz equalizer minutes later.)
Early in today’s Arsenal game against Crystal Palace, Olivier Giroud offered this work of art:
Iceland headed into their quarterfinal with France on the high of destroying England and sending the over-anxious Anglos into full meltdown mode. The entirety of Iceland has been watching their Viking boys wreck shit and play coherent, organized soccer, and an upset against France would be easily the greatest day in…
That right there is the quintessential pose of Olivier Giroud. His head tilted skyward, his face tightened into a pained grimace, his hands slowly making their way upward to his eyes or hair as he attempts to rub away the memory of whatever near-chance he was just unable to put away.
Sure, Olivier Giroud is unmarked, but that's a marvelous angle.
As a matter of policy, we don't usually participate in advertising campaigns. We're making an exception here, though, because a) the advertisement above, featuring several Arsenal players, is for an anti-homophobia campaign, which is fine by us and b) we need a pretext to run the following, which is definitely the…
Arsenal are cooking this year. Twelve weeks into the Premier League season, the Gunners have opened up a four-point gap on second-place Liverpool, and after a comfortable 2-0 win against French side Marseille today, Arsenal are one point away from a berth to the Champions League knockout stage.