Despite efforts to have his ban reduced, Arsenal will be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for three games.
The striker was sent off for a foul on Crystal Palace midfielder Max Meyer in the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park, and while the Gunners didn’t appeal the issuing of the card, they did make an attempt to see if the suspension could be shorter.
However, that was not successful and today Mikel Arteta confirmed the captain would miss our next three matches.
“It has been confirmed that he is going to be suspended for three games,” he said.
“It’s a big shame and a big loss for us, because as well we know Auba’s intention when he plays.
“But unfortunately he mistimed the tackle, he made a decision and we have to accept it.”
As for how we cope without the leading scorer, the Spaniard continued, ” Auba … was very sad after the game.
“He was disappointed that he left the team with 10 men. It’s an action that is completely accidental in my opinion.
“He’s been superb under me, he’s trained really well, he’s working so hard. He’s scoring goals and has probably been the most important player on the team.
“So to lose him, obviously, is really bad news for us.”
Aubameyang’s three game ban
Jan 18th: Sheffield Utd (H)
Jan 21st: Chelsea (A)
Jan 27th: Bournemouth (A – FA Cup)