Arsene Wenger says Olivier Giroud will learn from his red card against Queens Park Rangers after the striker was deservedly sent off for a literal tête-à-tête with Nedum Onuoha.
The French international received a straight red for his angry reaction in the 53rd minute and had to watch from the dressing room as his teammates laboured to a tense 2-1 victory.
Speaking after the game, Wenger underlined that he had little sympathy for his compatriot: “It was a deserved red card. Madness is a strong word but he didn’t kill him, he touched him and should not have done it. He should have been in control. Olivier Giroud 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 in the back and that projected him into the keeper. Maybe because the injury he had still plays a part on his mind and it’s unusual for him. Usually he’s a guy who’s in control of his response.”
Asked how Arsenal will cope without Giroud in upcoming league encounters with West Ham and Southampton and the FA Cup clash with Hull City, Wenger continued, “Honestly, you never need that. In my job you sometimes have to deal with the strengths and sometimes the mistakes of people.”
On an eventful afternoon at the Emirates the Gunners held out for Wenger’s 400th Premier League victory despite QPR scoring a late penalty and coming close to an equaliser.
“It was a tough one today,” Wenger admitted.
“It doesn’t become easier. Honestly, you don’t have a feeling because there is so much in the next game. I’m happy I could win 400 and it’s not as easy as it looks. The next 400 will be much more difficult.
“We were nervous and the opponent pushed forward. Our game is [about] psychology and the mental aspect. In the final part of the game when the result is not settled, it’s always very important.
“We made it hard for ourselves but we played two [types] of games. One where were in control of the game until it went 2-1. After, you never know. The last five minutes were a bit edgy because we conceded a late goal last week and you could feel that was a bit in our mind. But overall I think we were in control for big parts of the game and in the end we have shown resilience and fortunately got the three points.”
For what it’s worth, Olivier has apologised for his behaviour. Arseblog News is inclined to accept on the off chance he feels like inviting us to whatever New Year’s Eve party he is so obviously eager to attend.