The Gunners want the striker’s dismissal to be rescinded.
Arsenal have decided to lodge an appeal with the FA against the red card Olivier Giroud was given at Fulham on Saturday.
The French striker was sent off for a last minute tackle on Stanislav Manolev and will face a three-match ban.
Yet manager Arsene Wenger said that Giroud simply slipped as he went to tackle Manolev and that the red card should be rescinded.
“Arsenal football club have lodged an appeal to the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Olivier Giroud,” a statement on the club’s website read.
“An FA regulatory commission will hear the claim and make a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.”
It is a bold move from the Gunners as if the FA find that their claim if frivolous, then they are entitled to hand Giroud a further one-match ban – which would rule him out for the rest of the season.
As Wenger and his men face a tough few weeks as they make a bid to qualify for Champions League football, they need all the players they can available and playing and the loss of their top scorer would be a major blow.
Gervinho, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott have all played up-front at times this season, although none of them to great effect and the Frenchman has started as a lone striker for the past nine games.
The club has difficult home ties to Manchester United and Wigan in their last four Premier League matches, as well as away games at relegation candidates QPR and Newcastle.