Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sending off in the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace today means the striker will now automatically miss three games.
The captain was initially shown a yellow card for a foul on Max Meyer, but after a VAR check, that was overturned and referee P Drinker handed out a red.
It’s a problem for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, as the team is not replete with goalscorers at the moment, particularly away from home.
Arsenal Premier League goals scored away from home this season
1 Martinelli, Pepe, Torreira
0 The rest
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) January 11, 2020
Unless there’s a successful appeal, and I’m not sure why we’d even try, Aubameyang will miss Sheffield United (H) and Chelsea (A) in the Premier League – as well as the Bournemouth FA Cup tie, a game he would probably have been rested for anyway.
Speaking afterwards, the Arsenal manager didn’t have any complaints about the decision.
“I just watched it and it looked nasty, to be fair,” he said.
“Knowing Auba, there’s no intention to make such a tackle. Hopefully he hasn’t been injured and we are sorry for that.
“The decision was made and we have to accept it. It’s a massive blow. We know how important Auba is for the team.
“Maybe we’re going to lose him for a couple of games.”