Olivier Giroud says this is what he liked about his Crystal Palace goal

Olivier Giroud

The Arsenal forward has stated that he was pleased to score with one touch on Sunday to help his team to a 2-1 victory.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has stated that he was pleased with his goal against Crystal Palace, especially as he took the strike first time, as per the club’s official website.

The French forward struck the opener in his side’s 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park yesterday, acrobatically volleying home a Mesut Ozil cross into the back of the net.

Joel Ward hit an equaliser for the hosts, before Alexis Sanchez’s header was inadvertently directed into his own goal by Damien Delaney.

Giroud has admitted that he has worked on his game to take chances straight away rather than taking a touch, with Arsene Wenger encouraging this approach.

The former Montpellier forward has understandably delighted with hitting the back of the net against Palace.

“Yeah, it is always nice to score when you are a striker and especially a goal like that with your first touch,” he told the club’s official website.

“Apparently last year I scored 16 goals and nine were on my first touch. The boss told me that in the box I should take it with one touch, so I try to do it and I scored with my first touch but it was a good cross from Mesut.

“I felt really good physically in the game so it’s nice for the future and we need to keep it up for next Monday against Liverpool. It’s a big, big game.”

Sections of the Gunners faithful have urged Wenger to add a proven goalscorer to the Arsenal squad this summer to spearhead a title assault, with Giroud yet to completely win over the entire Emirates Stadium faithful.

The France international is keeping Theo Walcott out of the starting XI, while he also has Danny Welbeck, who is currently injured, for competition.

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