Fans of Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day 2017 have been left a little disappointed after the Arsenal forward’s goal was left off the Premier League’s goal of the season shortlist.
That’s because the PL’s list of nominees is simply comprised of goal-of-the-month winners, and Giroud was beaten in January by Andy Carroll’s thunderous bicycle kick.
The list of contenders includes Jordan Henderson v Chelsea, Andy Carroll v Crystal Palace and two from Chelsea’s Pedro.
The 2016/17 @Carling Goal of the Season nominees!
Giroud’s goal finished second to Emre Can’s bicycle kick v Watford in Match of the Day’s season award – a tough 24 hours for a goal of such beauty.
Emre Can is the winner of the Goal of the Season 👏
You voted for Can, Giroud & Carroll as the top 3.
Our MOTD pundits plumped for Can! pic.twitter.com/NjMgnTiQFg— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 21, 2017
Naturally a few social media users questioned the decision.
The goal had a bit of everything – passing, moving, a back-heeled goal and even a rebound off the crossbar into the roof of the net.
What about Giroud's Scorpion Goal !!!!!!— Tunisian Gooners (@ASCTUNISIA) May 22, 2017
However, not everyone was keen for Giroud’s goal to be included, instead focusing on the nominations.
Both Pedro goals— .4 (@Tommy_4541) May 22, 2017
Only one goal can win, but Pedro’s double nomination certainly increases his chances.