Wenger accepts Giroud red card decision
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has no complaints about Olivier Giroud's red card in their 1-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The former Montpellier striker ruined his own chances of a late season flourish as he saw red in the final minutes of the win after stretching to control a ball that had gotten away from him.
His studs connected with the ankle of Fulham right-back Stanislav Manolev, and the 26-year-old will now face a three-game ban with just four games remaining in the English Premier League.
"It looked like it (deserved a red card), yes," Wenger told Sky Sports
"I spoke with Giroud just now and he said he slipped when he went for the ball and I don't complain about (the decision).
"We have to find a solution up front now for the final games but that can happen and we have to deal with that."
The France international has scored 11 goals in 33 games for Arsenal this season, and has looked more settled in the Premier League since the turn of the year.
A first-half goal from Per Mertesacker was enough for Wenger's men against Fulham, who had Steve Sidwell sent off in the 12th minute.
Wenger slammed Sidwell, who was in his first game back after a three-match suspension, for the challenge on Mikel Arteta.
"I think the referee could only give a red card," Wenger said about the Sidwell tackle.
"We will see (if Arteta is OK). He played the second half. I don't know how much damage is done. It is a kick, a bad kick.
"I don't know if he has twisted his ankle or not. In these kinds of things it is a question of a fraction of a second.
"If you are fully on your foot at the moment you get it you break your leg. If you ease a bit off – maybe that is why he got away with it."
Fulham manager Martin Jol said Sidwell deserved to be sent off, adding he was upset with the 30-year-old midfielder.
"I can't defend him because that would only sound ridiculous," Jol said.
"I was annoyed with him, but he says it is not intentional. He will regret that tackle. It was the first foul that spoilt the game.
"I know it was not intentional because he wanted to play.
"He has just come back from a three-match suspension and now he is out for another four matches again so it was not only disappointing him, but also for us because we had to play with 10 men for a long time so that was more disappointing."