Arsenal’s Giroud highlights trio of Puskas Award finalists

Two weeks after notching his 100th goal for Arsenal, Olivier Giroud is in line for another accolade after being named one of the three finalists for the 2017 FIFA Puskas Award.

FIFA announced the shortlisted trio with a statement on its website Monday. Giroud is joined by Venezuelan international striker Deyna Castellanos and Baroka FC shot-stopper Oscarine Masuluke for the annual award that celebrates the best goal in club and international football.

Giroud, Castellanos and Masuluke were initially part of a list of ten nominees, including Kevin-Prince Boateng (Las Palmas), Alejandro Camargo (Universidad de Concepcion), Moussa Dembele (Celtic), Aviles Hurtado (Tijuana), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) and Jordi Mboula (Barcelona).

OFFICIAL: Here are your #Puskas Award finalists!
Congrats @deynac18, @_OlivierGiroud_ & Oscarine Masuluke

— #FIFAU17WC (@FIFAcom) October 9, 2017

The Premier League provided many great goals last season, including Matic’s strike from distance and Andy Carroll‘s scissor kick. But Giroud’s bar-down scorpion kick versus Crystal Palace on Jan. 1, 2017 stands out as the best.

The French international will face stiff competition from Castellanos, 18, whose audacious goal from the halfway line …read more