Arsenal to up hotel security after Oliver Giroud scandal

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Arsenal have decided they need to improve security in the team hotels before matches after a number of incidents, including Olivier Giroud's glamour model scandal from earlier this season.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger wanted security beefed up to ensure the Gunners stars are not disturbed in the nights before matches. This season has seen the Arsenal team have to deal with various issues with regards to the team hotel the night before games.

The most high-profile of these distraction was for striker Giroud, who was photographed by model Celia Kay in his hotel room in the night before Arsenal's clash with Crystal Palace in February, a match they went on to win 2-0. This led to a tabloid front page splash and prompted the French international into a public apology on Twitter.

Giroud's form has dipped in the weeks since the story broke and Wenger admitted the extra-marital affair accusations had affected his performances. However, the 27-year-old scored an exquisite goal in the 3-1 victory over West ham at emirates Stadium on Tuesday night and the Arsenal boss claimed Giroud was over this dip and had answered his many critics over the past few weeks.

It was not only Giroud's late-night meetings that caused concern among Arsenal officials, the Daily Mail report also claimed the humiliating 5-1 defeat to Liverpool this season followed a sleepless night for the team. As with most other Premier League clubs, the Gunners stay in a hotel near the opposition stadium the nights before away matches and that particular night the players were kept awake into the early hours because of certain disturbances.

That defeat to Liverpool prompted a slip in the Gunners' Premier League results that has seen them crash out of the title race into a battle with Everton for fourth place and the final Champions League spot. They are a point ahead and in control over their own destiny, but the Toffees good form has meant they cannot avoid any more slip ups against their FA Cup final opponents Hull City on Sunday afternoon.

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