Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud pays classy tribute to Hillsborough victims

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud pays a classy tribute the 96 on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster after scoring on Tuesday

Olivier Giroud paid a classy tribute to the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster on its 25th anniversary after the Arsenal striker scored in a 3-1 win at The Emirates.

The France international, who moved to the Gunners in a £10.6m deal from Montpellier in 2011, expertly controlled a long ball into the West Ham area before poking his finish between the legs of Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

And in a mark of respect to the 96 fans who went to the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989 and never came home, Giroud kissed his black armband and pointed to the sky.

Giroud was immediately praised on Twitter for his tribute, with former Reds midfielder David Thompson among those to comment on the striker’s classy actions.

The night hadn’t started particularly well for the French striker after the 27-year-old fluffed an early chance to put the Gunners into the lead.

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