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