Giroud did ‘nothing’ to deserve red card – Wenger

Date published: Wednesday 14th September 2016 8:26

Arsene Wenger has sympathised with Olivier Giroud after the striker was controversially sent off in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Paris St Germain.

Giroud, who came off the bench in the second half with Arsenal losing, was sent off late on at the Parc des Princes after a tangle off the ball with PSG midfielder Marco Veratti.

Wenger, whose team selection was criticised following the draw, admits he could not understand the decision.

“I couldn’t [work it out] either. Giroud swears to me that he did nothing at all,” Wenger told BT Sport.

“I have to look at it again, because the ball was on the other side and suddenly there was a little bit of unrest there with Veratti and Giroud. I don’t know why.

“He said to me he did nothing at all. We have it certainly on the television, and I believe Giroud that he did nothing at all.”

Giroud himself told reporters that his red card was “harsh, as Verratti threw himself to the ground.”

He added: “We came away with a point from this match, which is good considering the opportunities [PSG] had. I would have preferred to start, but physically I am still not quite there, as the coach has told me.”

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