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Olivier Giroud explains why he threw his shirt into the crowd too soon

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud throws his shirt into the crowd with the score 4-4 even though extra time is still to be played. He had to ask for it back and returned it after extra time. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire Arsenal's Olivier Giroud throws his shirt into the crowd with the score 4-4 even though extra time is still to be played. He had to ask for it back and returned it after extra time. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Thursday, November 1, 2012
7:20 AM

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud admitted that he had thought that the Capital One Cup clash at Reading was going to go to a replay as he threw his shirt into the crowd at the end of the 90 minutes.

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The fans were then asked to return his shirt so that he could carry on playing, which they duly did.

He explained: “I thought that when you draw you restart the game at home. Someone said that to me so I gave my shirt to the fans.

“The fans gave me my shirt back so I could carry on. I returned the shirt to them [after the game]. I don’t know if the same guy got the shirt though.”

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