Olivier Giroud shocked that Arsene Wenger's pushed Jose Mourinho

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Olivier Giroud has admitted he and his Arsenal team-mates were left surprised by Arsene Wenger after the manager pushed Jose Mourinho on the touchline during a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The Gunners boss was left fuming after Gary Cahill lunged into a dangerous tackle on Alexis Sanchez and ended up shoving his counterpart in full view of TV cameras as well as the players.

Wenger would later apologise for losing his cool but Giroud believes a calm-minded person like the Arsenal boss would not react like that without reason.

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He told Sky Sports: “He is very calm most of the time.

“He’s got good self-control but we were a bit surprised by his reaction. But it’s a human reaction and I’m well placed to speak about that because I’m an emotional player.

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"I don’t keep my feelings for me and that’s why sometimes it happens.

“Honestly, from my point of view I was more proud of that. It shows his character and if he has done that maybe it was justified.”

Giroud, along with Wenger, will be key to whether Arsenal beat Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The striker has scored an impressive ten goals in his last 12 games.

But a win against Chelsea would be unlikely to get them back in the title race. Arsenal's priority will be retaining the FA Cup by beating Aston Villa in the final.

FA Cup priority

Giroud says winning the second FA Cup in two years would be a tremendous achievement for the club.

He said: “We’ve played fantastic football over the last few months and we’ve won our last eight games in the Premier League.

“We want to carry on. I think second will be a good position even if we have a tiny hope to finish first. It’s been a few years since we’ve finished in the top three so it will be a great achievement if we can reach this target.”

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