Olivier Giroud managed to do a lot with his 30 minutes on the pitch against PSG on Tuesday, including getting sent off.
The Frenchman was once again dropped by Arsene Wenger and looks to be third in line for the lone striker role at the moment behind Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez.
He actually played 27 minutes according to UEFA stats and covered 3.094 km in that time. He completed five passes out of six attempt but took no shots.
His disciplinary record in the game was stellar, five fouls, two bookings and therefore a red card. It looks that the UEFA referee didn’t appreciate the robust and physical style used by the Frenchman. or in other terms, the laisser-faire and lenient approach from the Premier League referees is not available in proper football tournaments.
His first booking looked to be for dissent after another moan at referee Victor Kassai and his second booking for tripping Verratti off the ball, who also tripped him and was sent off as well. Premier League referees should take note and be more severe and referee the Premier League the right way.
The Frenchman will get a minimum of a one-match ban depending on the UEFA reviewing of the second booking and what was in the referee’s report. I imagine the fourth referee actually viewed the Giroud v Verrati incident and advised the main referee about it.