The Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud displayed his schoolboy side yesterday when he seemed to headbutt the QPR defender in yesterdays game, and his petulance has given Arsene Wenger one more player on the sidelines for the next three games along with the massive injury list that we already have to contend with.
Wenger admitted that the Frenchman had made a stupid mistake. “Giroud has apologised,” said the Arsenal manager. “It was a deserved red card. Madness is a big, strong word, but he didn’t kill him you know, he touched him and he should not have done it. He should have been in control. He knows he made a mistake and I know him well enough to think that he will not do it again.
“He told me he was pushed from the back and projected against the keeper. Maybe it’s because of the injury he had played a part on his mind and he was scared to be injured again. It’s unusual for him. Honestly, he’s usually a guy who is in control of his reactions and quite calm. You never need that. That’s for sure, but in my job you have to deal with the mistakes of people.”
With another three games coming up in the space of a week, this has thrown Wenger’s rotation plans into disarray. I am sure that Le Boss won’t start with the out of favour Lukas Podolski, and Danny Welbeck is certainly not the finished product as a goalscorer at the moment. I can only see Alexis being pushed into the centre-forward role, although it is pretty obvious that the Chilean also is in need of a rest very soon.
How can Wenger set up the team now without Giroud available to be picked…..