Arsenal have appealed against the red card shown to Olivier Giroud during Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Fulham. Press Association If the appeal is unsuccessful, Giroud will receive a three-match ban for the straight red card. Replays showed the £13million summer signing from Montpellier, who has scored 17 goals for Arsenal, made contact with the ball during the tackle. Arsene Wenger hinted after a win that lifted the Gunners to third in the table that an appeal would be made. “Giroud told me he did slip and went a bit over the ball,” the Arsenal boss said “Knowing that Steve Sidwell had been sent off, when the referee went to see him, we knew it would be a red card. “We will have to deal with that now because he will miss three games and that is not easy for us to cope with. “Nobody would say Giroud is a dirty player, it is purely accidental, but sometimes accidental can be dangerous.” French striker Giroud was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner in the 90th minute of the London derby at Craven Cottage for jumping into a challenge with Stanislav Manolev. “We have lodged an appeal to the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Olivier Giroud against Fulham,” read a statement on the club’s official website. “An FA regulatory commission will hear the claim and make a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.”
The Gunners finally produced the required performance against a top-four Barclays Premier League rival to recover from the setback of going behind to an early goal from David Silva with a spirited second-half performance. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini – who had netted a bizarre last-minute own goal in the 2-2 draw with Swansea on Tuesday night – equalised and German forward Lukas Podolski then came close to turning the match on its head when his angled drive was flicked behind by England keeper Joe Hart. Press Association Szczesny believes it is the kind of display which can lead Arsenal on to a positive ending to the season, as Arsene Wenger’s side aim to secure Champions League qualification once again and also a shot at FA Cup glory. “We have not had a great time in the last couple of games, but it is all about responding well and that is what we did,” said the Poland international, who shipped six goals in the heavy defeat at Chelsea last weekend which ruined Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge. “Of course it was difficult times, but we knew if we stuck together, carried on working properly then a result would come. Hopefully now we can kick on.” Szczesny added: “We owed it to the manager, the fans and everyone at the club, ourselves as well. “We lost 6-0 (at Chelsea) and that is embarrassing for players who represent this club. “You want to prove to yourself and prove to everyone around you that you are better than that. “We have still got a lot to play for, the FA Cup and we are in a decent position in the league, so we will be on our toes and at our very best to go on and win all the games. “I am confident we can have a very good run-in and finish strong.” Gunners boss Wenger hopes his squad are now finally through their “nightmare” of two results which could have derailed what has largely been a promising campaign in the wake of more questions over the character of the side. “It has been very bad,” said Wenger, “but as well very positive because it is always an opportunity to show you have some mental strength, and so I am very proud of my players because they have shown that. “We have gone through an absolute nightmare, a storm this week. “It is difficult to protect the players from that, the only way you can deal with it is to respond on the pitch. “The critics come very quick and very hard, the only way we can deal with it is to respond in the next game and that is what we did.” Wenger – who on Friday hit back at criticism of his side’s qualities by former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes – added: “They (players) have to let people talk. I enjoy football and don’t want to spend my time responding to everybody because I am long enough in the job to know that is not the most important thing.” Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny feels Arsenal can “kick on” from the battling 1-1 draw with Manchester City to secure a strong end to their season.
Northern Irishman Meeke won the day’s first, third and fourth stages to secure an overall lead of one minute 8.4 seconds ahead of Citroen team-mate Mads Ostberg. Jari-Matti Latvala had to settle for third place overall after he encountered gearbox problems on the final stage of the day. Hyundai’s Dani Sordo sits fourth, some 1min 54.2secs off the lead, while Welsh driver Elfyn Evans (M-Sport) rounds off the top five some 5.5secs further back. Reigning World Rally champion and overnight leader Sebastien Ogier had a day to forget as he was forced to retire after encountering a fuel flow problem in the day’s opening stage. The Frenchman was not the only driver to bow out on Friday, with his Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen joining him on the sidelines. Kris Meeke will take a healthy lead into the penultimate day of the Rally Argentina after winning three of Friday’s five stages. Press Association
Porsche dealers are faced with high short-term financial investments into the charging infrastructureWhen Porsche decided to enter the electric vehicle world, they sure paid attention to every detail. As their investments towards electrification garner speed, the German carmaker is entering a stage where not only the vehicle itself but also, the infrastructure will play a key ingredient in their overall success. Hence, Porsche authorized dealers, and especially those ones in the United States will have to shoulder a significant share of the company’s investment plans.More from Porsche Porsche Explains Production Process For Electric Taycan Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo Wagon Spied For First Time Source: Electric Vehicle News Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Gets Production Green Light Just recently, Porsche bumped up the number of high-speed chargers it deems necessary to more than 700, or about 40 percent more than previously estimated. And Porsche’s U.S dealers will have to cough up the investment for at least 200 of those. And just like the cars they sell, this investment will be a costly one for the 190-store brand. According to recent info revealed by the Zuffenhausen based carmaker, the chargers will cost retailers between $300,000 and $400,000 per store on average.However, time is scarce as the planned U.S. arrival of the Taycan – Porsche’s first electric sedan – is set for 2020, just over a year from now. And judging by the most recent developments and information coming from the carmaker, Porsche is clearly embracing electrification. And there’s no better sign of that than more than €6 billion ($6.9 billion) the company intends to spend on vehicle electrification by 2022.“We expect by 2025, roughly 50 percent of our products to be electrified, either with a fully electric engine or with a plug-in hybrid,” Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told Automotive News.And for Porsche dealers in the U.S., that means they’ll have to get busy installing electric vehicle chargers. However, even Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer concedes that this will be a huge financial undertaking for the retailers, who will be faced with a prolonged payoff of the investment. However risky, it may be one of the most financially sound decisions they will ever make. After all, high-performance machines from Porsche are already a highly coveted item, let alone the planned onslaught of potential EVs from the carmaker set to arrive in the future.“It’s typical, if you’re an entrepreneur, that the investment doesn’t pay off within the first one-two-three years,” Zellmer told Automotive News last month at Porsche’s Rennsport Reunion motorsports event here. “It’s a long-term investment – he added. You need to establish the tech prerequisites to show what the car can do, which first for customers is charging,” he said.In the end, it’s a necessary investment. Porsche’s ambitious electrical plan hinges on the availability of robust and fast charging infrastructure, set to alleviate range anxiety. After all, the fear of running out of juice and the inconvenient lengthy charge times have been major hurdles to widespread EV adoption. If Porsche can tackle those successfully, the carmaker could find itself in a fruitful market position. The retailers playing ball is key to their success, however financially painful (in the short term) the investment may be for them.Source: Autonews Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 20, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News