Friday 26 May 2017

Olivier Giroud slammed for wasting time with 'embarrassing' scorpion kick celebration

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates deep into injury time
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates deep into injury time

Callum Davis

Only Olivier Giroud could antagonise so many Arsenal fans in the process of scoring a match-saving goal.

The Frenchman capped off a memorable three days by coming off the bench to rescue a point in Arsenal's away trip to Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

With Arsenal staring a humiliating 3-0 defeat in the face, the 30-year-old was thrown on by Arsene Wenger as the visitors sought to salvage something out of the game.

Three days after the striker grabbed the headlines for his sensational scorpion kick, Giroud came off the bench to lay on two goals for Alexis Sanchez before heading in a stoppage time winner to send Arsenal fans, including Ian Wright, into delirium.

The goal was the third straight game Giroud had scored a crucial goal after scoring at home against West Brom and then again with the 'goal of the century' during Arsenal's 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace,

The 30-year-old was clearly still so proud of his scorpion kick effort as he proceeded to celebrate his stoppage time header by recreating the acrobatic effort.

Throwing off protestations from Gabriel Paulista and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - who had the match ball in his arms, keen to restart the game in search of a winner - Giroud twice threw his leg in the air in homage to his own flexibility.

With three minutes of stoppage time still remaining in the game, Giroud's decision to take up precious time to execute his pre-planned celebration infuriated a number of Arsenal fans

The result leaves Arsenal eight points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, who play their game in hand against Tottenham tonight.

Arsenal have failed to win the Premier League title for 12 years, a drought pundits have often ascribed to the club's perceived lack of resilience.

Giroud's timely, self-congratulatory recreation of his own goal prompted critics to once again question whether Arsenal possess the necessary ruthless mentality.

After the game Arsene Wenger admitted the result means Arsenal now have to rely on other teams dropping points to stay in the title race.

“Chelsea are doing well but can still lose it so it’s just down to the other teams to continue to fight," said Wenger.

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez demonstrated his own frustration with the result by removing his gloves and throwing them to the turf at the full time whistle.

The 28-year-old, who is yet to agree on a new contract with the club, marched from the pitch without shaking hands with any of his opponents.

Arsenal's next match comes in the FA Cup against League One Preston North End on Saturday evening.

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