Arsenal News: Arsenal to Appeal Giroud Red Card Received against Fulham

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Arsenal released an official statement on their website Monday morning, stating that they would be appealing the red card that Olivier Giroud received against Fulham late on in their fixture on Saturday. The statement, short and sweet as it is, goes as such:

Arsenal Football Club have lodged an appeal to the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Olivier Giroud during the Premier League match against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

An FA regulatory commission will hear the claim and make a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Google Creative Commons)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Google Creative Commons)

Arsene Wenger and company were clearly not happy with the means in which the Frenchman was sent off. Moreover, if they were to have let the ruling stand or if their appeal fails, Giroud receives a three match ban since it was a straight red card offense, rather than two cumulative yellow card offences.

The Arsenal boss hinted that the call was made based on the history of calls made during the duration of the match, namely the sending off of Steve Sidwell in the first half. Wenger is quoted by the Guardian, saying, “”Giroud told me he did slip and went a bit over the ball. Knowing that Steve Sidwell had been sent off, when the referee went to see him, we knew it would be a red card.”

From an attacking standpoint, Giroud has been a quiet but necessary part of Arsenal’s season. With 11 goals in the Premier League, 20 in all competitions this campaign, the Frenchman has been an unsung part of Arsenal’s attacking threat. With no true out-and-out target striker for Arsenal’s crosses, low and high, to hit, the Gunners may be left to use other candidates who have held the central forward role this season.

Potential Replacements

Lukas Podolski has been running a bit low on play time and has the ability to play up front, but his preferred spot is obviously on the left flank. The German international has been, according to David Hytner of the Guradian, chomping at the bit to start, but has been left on the bench as a “luxury” sub. Time will tell if the 27-year-old will be able to work out of his secondary role that he currently resides in at the club or if impatience will get the best him. If the appeal fails, this could be the time for Podolski to shine.

Theo Walcott has shown successes in the central slot, but his lack of dominating physicality coupled with his lightning speed has been his downfall when it comes to his bid to play through the middle. With a match against the very physical, soon-to-be champions, Manchester United, the Gunners will need someone physically imposing to stretch the center of United’s defense.

Gervinho has played a fair few matches up front, but his all out, all the time playing style has led to sloppy touches and missed chances in front of goal, something that has frequented not only the Ivory Coast international, but all Arsenal forward candidates.

So, Arsenal’s best bet would be to successfully appeal Giroud‘s red card, otherwise the next time the 26-year-old sees the pitch to start may not be until the last match of the season against Newcastle.

With Arsenal currently sitting on 63 points, one point ahead of a Chelsea side with a game in-hand, the Gunners need all hands on deck to be able to pull off a successful bid to get into the Champions League.

3 Comments on "Arsenal News: Arsenal to Appeal Giroud Red Card Received against Fulham"

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  1. Brandon Boyer Brandon Boyer says:

    Giroud ban upheld. Crap.

  2. Tywinks says:

    I’m not against upholding Giroud red!I av always wanted him to be out for weeks so that Podoski Could play in that position.Sincerely speaking,I believe Podo would b more effective upfront than Giroud.Podo is a very good finisher,he doesn’t miss chances like Giroud does.Let wenger use Podo upfront combine with Teo and Cazola at d flank.we would win d match.

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