Olivier Giroud magic earns Europa League win for Arsenal over Red Star Belgrade

It takes something unusual to create a moment of silence at Red Star Belgrade’s boistrous Marakana. Five minutes from the end of a Europa League encounter that scored higher on atmosphere than intrigue, Arsenal produced the game’s defining image and for a few seconds the sound cut completely as the home crowd took in the blow.

What a blow it was. The move of the night was carved out by Jack Wilshere, who changed gear to burst into dangerous space and exchanged passes with Theo Walcott, who picked out Olivier Giroud. It had been one of those nights where Arsenal’s hulking frontman looked a bit tortured, nothing going for him, touches astray, movement on the leaden side. But in that moment he adjusted his body to send an overhead kick arcing into the net. Giroud’s status as a great goalscorer has been a source of debate over the years but he sure is capable of scoring a great goal. The finish was glossed with spectacular flourish.

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It takes something unusual to create a moment of silence at Red Star Belgrade’s boistrous Marakana. Five minutes from the end of a Europa League encounter that scored higher on atmosphere than intrigue, Arsenal produced the game’s defining image and for a few seconds the sound cut completely as the home crowd took in the blow.What a blow it was. The move of the night was carved out by Jack Wilshere, who changed gear to burst into dangerous space and exchanged passes with Theo Walcott, who picked out Olivier Giroud. It had been one of those nights where Arsenal’s hulking frontman looked a bit tortured, nothing going for him, touches astray, movement on the leaden side. But in that moment he adjusted his body to send an overhead kick arcing into the net. Giroud’s status as a great goalscorer has been a source of debate over the years but he sure is capable of scoring a great goal. The finish was glossed with spectacular flourish. Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/19/crvena-zvezda-europa-league-europa-league-match-report

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