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First, there was “hand of god”, now there is “hand from destiny”

A lot of football fans will remember Diego Maradona’s famous ‘hand of god’ goal for Argentina against England in the 1986 world cup. The goal was key in Argentina’s progression and eventual success as they went on to win the tournament.

Since then, every goal scored with the “hand” is often dubbed the “hand of god” in reference to the Maradona’s goal. But in Arsenal’s usual style of breaking from the norm and setting new standards (e.g. finishing fourth is a trophy, building a new stadium equates managerial legendary status etc.), Olivier Giroud got a goal for Arsenal last night against Bayern in a rather unusual way as the ball appeared to come off his head then hand and then into the back of the net.

Rather than sticking to the “hand of god” script, he took a new turn by tagging his a “hand from destiny”

After the game, he said: “I’ve had a bit more luck than in recent weeks, so I’m making the most of it,”

“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.”

It appears Giroud has just written his name on the sands of time as not just the player with the sexiest look but one who scored with a “hand from destiny”