Arsenal's Olivier Giroud explains reason for his goal celebration against Palace

Olivier Giroud has been speaking following Arsenal's latest Premier League victory.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been speaking to the club’s official website about celebrating his 50th goal for the club during their 2-1 win against Crystal Palace this weekend.

The French international netted what proved to be the winner on the stroke of half-time, after Santi Cazorla had opened the scoring from the spot and before Glenn Murray’s late consolation for Palace.

After the match, Giroud opened up about his celebration, explaining that his landmark goal for the club was dedicated to a young girl who had tragically passed away.

“I knew that Johanna, a young girl who I knew from the south of France that I visited at hospital a few months ago.

“She passed away so I was really affected by that and that’s why I wanted to pay a homage to her, her family and her parents.”

It is a wonderful gesture from the Arsenal striker who has 11 goals in 19 appearances for the club this season.

It also reminds us that there is far more to life than football and that we should take time to reflect on the important things that affect both us and others.

Giroud’s next focus will be on the Champions League tie against Monaco, a club he will know very well from his time in Ligue 1.

The way Arsenal are playing at the moment, and with the players at their disposal, there is no reason why they cannot end the campaign with a trophy or two.

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