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Olivier Giroud lashes out at Marco Verratti

Speaking to reporters following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with PSG, French striker Olivier Giroud appeared to lash out at Marco Verratti for getting him sent off.

“We are taking a point from the Parc des Princes, which is a good thing when you think about the amount of chances that they had. I always prefer to start football matches. I had a discussion with the manager who said that I was still approaching my top physical condition. To be precise, he considered that I am on the tangent… The red card? Being on a yellow card already, I did not want to cause a storm. I block off Verratti, he throws himself on the floor and I do not understand it. Marquinhos shoves me from behind and I do not know how Verratti falls over again the second time, it escalates the entire thing.”

“I think that the referee was had, but in the end Verratti loses as much as me and gets sent off. I was honestly surprised by his behaviour. PSG’s dominance? It would not have been a scandal had PSG won the match. The game is about efficiency and realism. At the end of the match, we could have also taken it, but we are very happy with this point.”

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