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Giroud earns goal and suspension

The rollercoaster ride that is Olivier Giroud continues.

Mike Hewitt

It's been quite a day for Olivier Giroud and his dealings with the English Football Association, hasn't it?

First the Dubious Goals Committee (best named thing in football) gives him a lift, before the Disciplinary Committee knocks him down.

Giroud credited with goal in Norwich win | News Archive | News |

The Football Association's dubious goals panel has confirmed that Arsenal's second goal against Norwich City has been credited to Olivier Giroud.

The France international and Sebastien Bassong slid in to reach Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross, with the ball ending up in the bottom corner.

Giroud immediately claimed the goal as his, and this has now been backed up by the FA.

The FA | News Room - Giroud claim dismissed

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected.

Giroud was dismissed for serious foul play during his side's game against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday 20 April 2013.

The player's three-match suspension will therefore commence with immediate effect.

So the striker will miss Arsenal's matches against Manchester United (sluggish from a week of celebration?), at Queens Park Rangers (relegated by then?), and Wigan (three days after their Cup final against Manchester City).

Most likely we'll see Theo Walcott move into the central striker role, so he'll be a hot fantasy commodity, even against the champions. Another option would be for Lukas Podolski to play through the middle. Wenger made noises about that a few weeks ago, so we'll have to see. Podolski is the cheaper option, if not the one who would be playing in an advanced position of his fantasy listing.