Giroud believes he should not be suspended


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Arsenal appeals to overturn Olivier Giroud’s red card in their 1-0 win against Fulham on Saturday.

The Frenchman was sent off after a tackle that caught Fulham defender Stanislav Manolev’s ankle in the dying stages of their London derby.

Referee Andre Marriner had already sent off Steve Sidwell earlier in the match, and had Giroud as his second dismissal of the contest.

The club has went on to submit an appeal, despite comments made by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after the match.

He said: “It looked like it [a deserved red card]. I spoke with Giroud and he said he slipped when he went for the ball. I don’t complain about the decision.

“We have to find a solution up front now for the final games but that can happen and we have to deal with that.”

The Gunners are currently 3rd place in the table with 63 points in 34 games, in pole position for Champions League places ahead of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur – fourth and fifth respectively – with games in hand.

Giroud, who was given a three-game suspension following the incident, has scored 11 goals in 33 league appearances.

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