Olivier Giroud Apologises Over Headbutt Incident.


Arsene Wenger says Olivier Giroud's red card against Queens Park Rangers was a well deserved one. The Arsenal boss also stated that thr French striker has rendered an apology.

Giroud was shown a straight red after headbutting former Manchester City defender, Nedum Onuoha in the second half of Arsenal's 2-1 victory over QPR. He will now miss his side's next three games which are against Westham United (Premier League), Southampton (Premier League) and Hull City (FA Cup).

"It was a deserved red card," said Wenger who celebrated his 400th Premier League win as Arsenal manager.

"Madness is a strong word - he didn't kill him. But he touched him and should not have done it."

"Olivier Giroud knows he made a mistake and I know him well enough to think that he will not do it again," added Wenger.

"He told me he was pushed in the back and that projected him into the keeper. Usually he's a guy who's in control of his response."

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer also gave his take on that incident which many have described as 'crazy'.

"The reason he gets angry is that Onuoha gives him a nudge, but the reaction is pathetic.

"What on earth is he doing? His team were cruising. He's been out injured for a large part of the season and now he's going to miss three games for something like that. It's just ridiculous."

That dismissal could have cost Arsenal who were 1-0 up at that time the three points they so desired. Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners the lead after losing a penalty earlier in the game. Tomas Rosicky extended the lead before the visitors got a consolation from a penalty which resulted from Mathieu Debuchy's foul on Junior Holliett.

There came another penalty call very late in the game. Even though it was a clear one, the referee did not grant it and that was an advantage for Arsenal who were already reduced to ten men.

Wenger admitted his players were not so confident in the latter stages of that match. He also expressed his joy over his 400th Premier League game win landmark.

He said: "Our game is about psychology and the mental aspect. In the final part of the game when the result is not settled, it's always very important.

"I'm happy I could win 400 and it's not as easy as it looks. The next 400 will be much more difficult."

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