Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

Olivier Giroud has explained why he chose to dedicate his goal for Arsenal against West Ham last night to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

A memorial service was held at Liverpool's Anfield home earlier in the day, and then Arsenal paused for a minute's silence before their clash against the Hammers at the Emirates Stadium.

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And Giroud, who scored a superb goal in the 55th minute, controlling a long ball with one touch in the penalty box before drilling home, was keen to pay his own tribute to Hillsborough.

The Frenchman explained via his club's site: "I heard everybody talking about it before and I didn’t exactly know the story until a few days ago but I just wanted pay homage to them.


"It’s something which made me feel consoling and I wanted to dedicate my goal to the families involved", Giroud added.

The 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster has been marked across English football and last weekend's games all kicked off seven minutes later than usual.

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