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Arsenal's Giroud apologises after headbutt shame

By Duncan Bech

Olivier Giroud has apologised for his mindless red card in Arsenal's 2-1 Premier League victory over QPR, with his boss Arsene Wenger admitting the France striker deserved to be sent off.

Giroud was dismissed early in the second half at the Emirates Stadium for head-butting Nedum Onuoha right in front of referee Martin Atkinson.

"It was a deserved red card. Madness is a strong word - he didn't kill him. But he touched him and should not have done it. He should have been in control," said Wenger, who confirmed that Giroud has since apologised.

"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. Usually he's a guy who's in control of his response."

Giroud will now be suspended for Premier League appointments with West Ham and Southampton and the holders' FA Cup tie against Stoke City.

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