Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended his striker Olivier Giroud after his red-card appeal was rejected and the Gunners boss insists the tackle was accidental.

As the game was coming to an end last weekend at Craven Cottage, Giroud was sent off for a challenge on Fulham's Stanislav Manolev, which saw him go over the ball and onto the defender's ankle.

Despite the rash looking tackle, TV replays do in fact show that before the impact was made, the French striker's right-foot slipped on the turf which mean the 26-year-old had lost control of his body.

Arsenal decided to appeal the red card but the FA dismissed their appeal which means Giroud will now miss the Gunners' next three games, which are; Manchester United, QPR and Wigan.

Despite the appeal getting rejected, Arsene Wenger is still in defence of his striker and believes the tackle was completely accidental.

Wenger told Arsenal Player: “It is a blow that we cannot have him available.

“We will have to do without him and we will do it.

“It's a harsh decision. After the game, I was a little bit less convinced that he didn't deserve the red card but having seen it again, I feel it's completely accidental and a very minor incident.

“That's why I decided to appeal. I'm sad that it didn't work but we have to cope with it.”


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