VIDEO: Olivier Giroud puts Arsenal ahead of Palace early with style

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Olivier Giroud’s struggles in front of goal have been well-documented, even spurning a chance in the opening five minutes at Selhurst Park thanks to a poor touch with the goal gaping.

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Don’t worry, he made up for it.

With Arsenal asking all the questions in the opening stages of a frantic game against Crystal Palace, the Frenchman produced a fantastic scissor-kick volley on a cross from Mesut Ozil to give the Gunners a deserved early lead.

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Both teams looked to play on the counter early, and Arsenal held most of the meaningful possession, making Palace pay for their aggressive play on set-pieces and counters. Alexis Sanchez had a few early chances as well, but it’s Giroud who struck the opener on 16 minutes.