Just a day into the New Year and Olivier Giroud has unquestionably scored the best goal of 2017. A certain contender for goal of the season and possibly the Puskas Award.
The French striker lit up the Emirates stadium when he spectacularly fired Arsenal into the lead after 17 minutes.
Alex Iwobi doubled the advantage in the second half to secure back to back victories for the Gunners, condemning Sam Allardyce to his first defeat as Crystal Palace manager.
Arsenal, who were without Mesut Ozil due to illness, started brightly having been displaced from a confirmed Champions League spot thanks to Tottenham’s win at Watford.
The would be scorpion king, Olivier Giroud, had one of the misses of the season in the early moments after failing to make contact with a low cross from close range.
The France international went on to make amends as Arsenal broke quickly from their penalty area with the ball into Palace’s half.
The ball made its way wide to Alexis Sanchez whose cross fell behind an onrushing Olivier Giroud who had to improvise his finish.
Giroud performed a back-heel volley otherwise known as the scorpion kick while standing on one foot. The ball went passed a diving Wayne Hennessy into the post off the bar.
The strike comes just five days after Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a similar effort against Sunderland.
Arsenal controlled the game afterwards and were unlucky to not have gone two ahead seconds before the break. Hennessy made a crucial stop with his feet to foil Sanchez following a botched clearance by his defenders.
Palace threatened in the second half but were unable to make good on any of their chances. Christian Benteke had the best opportunity but failed to guide his header from an Andros Townsend cross beyond Petr Cech.
Ten minutes later, Arsenal made him regret his miss. Sanchez slipped a pass to Nacho Monreal whose cross was cut out by Scott Dann. The defender was only able to sky his clearance which Iwobi reacted first to.
The Nigerian forward headed powerfully across goal over the goalkeeper with the defender on the line only able to head it in off the cross-bar.
The visitors threatened again afterwards with several testing shots at Cech who rose to the occasion determined to keep his second clean sheet in as many games.
Arsenal are looking to keep their title hopes alive as they chance league leaders Chelsea who have a six-point advantage over second placed Liverpool.