Friday, February 10

Andy Carroll deservedly beats Giroud's scorpion kick to win goal of the month

Spare a thought for all the Gooners fans weeping into their white wine this evening. Andy Carroll's overhead kick against Palace has beaten Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick, also against Palace, to win the Premier League's Goal of the Month prize. There's no doubt Giroud's scorpion kick was a great piece of improvisation, but Carroll's goal was better. Giroud's back heel could have gone anywhere, but happened to go in off the bar. Andy's goal was a much more technically controlled effort — he got his balance right and knew exactly where that ball was going, right into the top corner of the onion sack. And he had a better celebration, doing a belly flop that nearly took out the East Stand. It will certainly help the London Stadium to have seen a little bit of history made there. Der der der der der der, Andy Carroll!

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