Boxing Day ended according to plan for Arsenal, but the Gunners were left clinging on to a 2-1 lead with 10 men thanks to Olivier Giroud's head-butt on Nedum Onuoha.
Arsenal were 1-0 up courtesy of Alexis Sanchez and everything was going smoothly when Giroud lost his cool and head-butted Onuoha right in front of referee Martin Atkinson.
The Gunners went 2-0 ahead thanks to Tomas Rosicky, but they were left uncomfortably holding on when Charlie Austin converted a late penalty.
Arsenal fans were understandably not too delighted with Giroud's behaviour and took to Twitter to lament his sending off.
The chorus of disapproval included celebrities and even ex-England forward Rodney Marsh.
Olivier Giroud is a decent striker, but sometimes he acts like such a bona fide idiot. This is one of those times. pic.twitter.com/kE2pDG0OuZ— Messi Minutes (@MessiMinutes) December 26, 2014
The definition of brain dead pic.twitter.com/0NgHvEd0yO— Spencer Morgan (@spencermorgan93) December 26, 2014
Bonkers from Giroud. Right in front of the ref that headbutt— Ash Rose (@AshroseUK) December 26, 2014
Utter stupidity from Giroud.— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) December 26, 2014
Should not have been in that situation, Giroud is an idiot. Good three points none-the-less.— Jack Jeffery (@JackJeffery96) December 26, 2014
Full time. 3 points. Whew. But losing Giroud for the next 2 big games is very tough. what an idiot— Trequartista Smurf (@succa99) December 26, 2014