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Pictures put Arsenal striker in the dock

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud looks like he has egg on his face after trying to deny that he had an FHM model in his room hours before a match against Crystal Palace.

Yesterday, Britain's The Sun published a photo, taken by Miss Celia Key, of Giroud walking around in his briefs in the Four Seasons hotel room.

The American model said the photo had been taken in Room 506, just a few hours before the match.

The married Frenchman, 27, had insisted to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger that he did not arrange an early-hours tryst with sultry pin-up Kay, following revelations in The Sun on Sunday last week.

The Sun had earlier carried a report that Giroud sneaked the voluptuous model into the English Premier League team hotel and was up all night 
"entertaining her".

This was obviously done against Wenger's wishes, as the boss had instructed the players to get an early night ahead of a 12.45pm kick-off.

The incident is said to have contributed to Giroud's poor display at Anfield, reported fan website Arsenal Station.