Olivier Giroud has dedicated his 50th Arsenal goal to the memory of a child who passed away recently.
The France striker followed up Danny Welbeck’s shot to double the Gunners’ lead against Crystal Palace before pointing to the sky and signing the letter j with his hands.
"I’m really pleased with my statistics and I try to help the team as much as I can to win the games"
Giroud became the 48th player to reach the milestone for Arsenal and is proud of his achievement.
“I’m really pleased with my statistics and I try to help the team as much as I can to win the games,” the striker told Arsenal Player. “I feel really good with my body and the games.
“I knew that Johanna, a young girl who I knew from the south of France that I visited at hospital a few months ago.
“She passed away so I was really affected by that and that’s why I wanted to pay a homage to her, her family and her parents.
“It was a crazy end to the game and we were a bit lucky but I think we deserved the win. It could’ve been frustrating if we didn’t come back with the three points so I think we need to be cautious and more focused at the end of the game."
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