Congratulations to West Ham’s Andy Carroll for January’s winning goal of the month with this screamer against Crystal Palace.
"It's definitely the best goal I've ever scored" - @AndyTCarroll on his @carling January Goal of the Month 🚲https://t.co/yHQ8o4GudH pic.twitter.com/Cbg8uOSFVe— Premier League (@premierleague) February 10, 2017
But let’s not forget, it had some strong competition - remember this?
While we’re in awe of that Carroll scissor kick, was Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick – also against Palace – better?
Arsenal fans certainly think so and were, predictably, furious. They could smell a conspiracy.
Giroud scored the goal of the year on January 1st and yet he doesn't even win the goal of the month..— thecypriotafc (@thecypriotafc) February 10, 2017
I'm not surprised at all that Carroll won GOTM. It's the typical anti-Arsenal media at it again.— Mark. (@MarkBFoot) February 10, 2017
Andy Carroll has won goal of the month, beating Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick.
Arsenal fans right now: pic.twitter.com/xKCYOKozfS— Football FanCast (@FootballFanCast) February 10, 2017
And it wasn’t just Gunners fans.
It must be a sign of the times.
Andy Carroll winning goal of the month over Olivier Giroud is even more Brexit than actual Brexit.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) February 10, 2017
Or perhaps, after Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan won the award for a similar (if offside) goal to Giroud’s in December, it was just time for something different.
So Mkhitaryan scores an offside scorpion kick, gets goal of the month. Giroud scores a better and legit scorpion and doesn't 🤔🤔🤔— Pello (@MaaaaaaartinUgh) February 10, 2017
Maybe Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick had to be offside in order to win the Carling Goal of the Month for January.— Mohamed ElNneny (@ElNnenyM) February 10, 2017
There was some eloquent defence of Carroll’s goal, though.
If you think Olivier Giroud's donkey kick was better than Andy Carroll's marriage of power and barbarian beauty you are an Arsenal fan.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) February 10, 2017
And plenty of people just thought the whole thing was hilarious.
Arsenal fans wanted Giroud to win Goal of the month in December even though he scored in January. Ya, he's not won it this month either 😂😂— Shibani (@shibani_mufc) February 10, 2017
Arsenal fans said Giroud scored the "Goal of the season" when it isn't even the Goal of the month 😂— 爪ㄩ丂卂 (@Alkalee_Musa) February 10, 2017
Giroud's goal was the best thing to happen to Arsenal in years but it still gets shown up by Andy Carroll 😭😭😭— Dj (@YTdjmoore98) February 10, 2017
Oof. Tough times to be an Arsenal fan.