Olivier Giroud was sent off after picking up two yellow cards last night.
Arsenal were able to take many positives from last night’s draw with Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from picking up a point away from home, the performances of Alex Iwobi and David Ospina raise a number of selection dilemmas for Arsene Wenger.
Nevertheless, Arsenal were fortunate to come away from the Parc des Princes with a point, after Edinson Cavani missed a host of chances to extend PSG’s lead.
However one of the main talking points to emerge from the game was the sending off of Olivier Giroud. Although he may have only come as a substitute, the French forward picked up two yellow cards in quick succession as the game came to a conclusion.
While he may have deserved his first booking, Giroud’s second has been the subject of a great deal of controversy. Indeed, speaking after the game, Giroud bitterly protested his innocence in The Guardian, claiming that Marco Verratti made the most of the incident to get him sent off.
I’d already been booked so didn’t want to make trouble.
I made a small challenge on Verratti but he threw himself on to the ground. I didn’t understand, so I asked him: “What are you doing?”
Then he got up quickly and Marquinhos pushed me from behind. I don’t know how Verratti fell over a second time. I didn’t go looking for trouble so it’s frustrating.
I think that the referee was tricked. Verratti was also on a yellow, so I was surprised by his behaviour.
Replays of the incident seem to support Giroud’s claim. Although Verratti went over after the Arsenal forward’s first challenge, Marquinhos quickly arrived on the scene and pushed Giroud. (Seen in the above image)
Verratti subsequently hit the ground for a second time, sealing Giroud’s fate.
Footage clearly showing that Olivier Giroud was wrongly sent off after being pushed into Verrati! pic.twitter.com/DlTmskvDa8
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