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Oliver Giroud thanks “Hand of Destiny” as he offers Arsenal a lifeline
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Oliver Giroud thanks “Hand of Destiny” as he offers Arsenal a lifeline

Iyene Etim

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is ecstatic after his goal which he calls “a helping hand from destiny” as it appeared to have come off his hand, stirred Arsenal to a 2: 0 win over Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.

The French striker was introduced as a 74th minute substitute and, moments later, he capitalised on an error by the Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer following Santi Cazorla’s free-kick to scramble home the opening goal. Neuer misread the flight of the ball and it hit Giroud in the face before appearing to go in off a hand.

Mesut Özil added the second deep into injury time and the result means that Arsenal remain alive in Group F after losing their first two matches in the group.

“I’ve had a bit more luck than in recent weeks, so I’m making the most of it,” Giroud said. “For a striker, it always works in cycles and I know that. You can’t start doubting yourself. All the qualities are there – I just needed a helping hand from destiny, and tonight it worked out in my favour. It’s certainly not my most beautiful goal but it’s one of the most important.” He said