Arsenal star Olivier Giroud admits he was wrong, attempts to justify unusual actions

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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud has been looking back on his red card against QPR.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been reflecting on his red card against QPR at the end of last year, in an interview with the club's official website

The French international picked up a three game suspension for head butting Nedum Onuoha, resulting in an instant red card.

It was a reaction which seemed uncharacteristic for Giroud, and not one he has repeated since then.

He told "I got scared when their player pushed me because I thought I could have hurt myself badly in a clash with the goalkeeper. That’s why I reacted so badly. I shouldn’t have and I regretted it but I believe what he did was dangerous as he didn’t need to push me."

Giroud went onto cite the injury later suffered by Mathieu Debuchy against Stoke, in similar circumstances to the preceding incident with Onuoha, as reason for his angry reaction - yet still admitted he was wrong to do what he did.

The resulting suspension may have worked out in Giroud's favour. He was able to re-focus, and return refreshed. He marked his comeback with a goal in the vital away win over Manchester City and his individual nightmare against Monaco aside, has not looked back since.

He has a chance to redeem himself in the Champions League this week, when Arsenal face Monaco in the second leg aiming to turn around a 3-1 deficit.

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