Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger frustrated over Oliver Giroudís ban
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he is disappointed to learn his appeal against the suspension of his French forward Oliver Giroud following his red card against Fulham has been dismissed.
The former Montpellier striker, who was given the marching order last Saturday, will now miss three of Arsenal’s last four matches of the season. Arsene Wenger filed an appeal against the traditional three-match ban earlier this week.
Oliver Giroud was booked for his challenge on Fulham defender Stanislav Manolev. Arsene Wenger was frustrated by the match referees decision on Oliver Giroud’s tackle. The French boss claims the referee’s decision on Oliver Giroud was too harsh.
“After the game, I was a little bit less convinced that he didn't deserve the red card but having seen it again, I feel it's completely accidental and a very minor incident,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal’s official website after the 1-0 victory over Fulham.
Upon being questioned whether appealing against the referees’ decision fell into the “frivolous” category, something that could prompt the Football Association to take further action on Oliver Giroud’s ban, Arsene Wenger bluntly spoke about his approach.
“Honestly nobody could accuse you of a frivolous appeal when you see what happened again,” Arsene Wenger said. “I thought frivolous appeal, no - but will they overturn the red card?' For me that was 50-50, but we were never in doubt of it being seen as a frivolous appeal.
“That's why I decided to appeal. I'm sad that it didn't work but we have to cope with it. We will have to do without him and we will do it.”
Arsene Wenger and Co. are scheduled to face against the newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United on Sunday. Media will now meet the Emirates boss in the pre-match briefing on Friday morning.
Arsenal are currently positioned third on the Premier League table, but they could lose their position if fourth-placed Chelsea or fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur win their next games as both teams have a game in hand.