Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Red Card Upheld by FA After Appeal

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2020

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) vies with Crystal Palace's Scottish midfielder James McArthur during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on January 11, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has expressed his disappointment after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's sending off against Crystal Palace was upheld after an appeal, per BBC Sport.

A red card was shown after VAR informed referee Paul Tierney a tackle by Aubameyang was dangerous, with the striker sliding in on Palace's Max Meyer after 65 minutes of Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Selhurst Park.

According to BBC Sport, Arteta said he's disappointed to lose his captain for three games after the "completely accidental" challenge:

"It's a big shame and a big loss for us, but he mistimed the tackle and we have to accept it.

"It's an action that is completely accidental, in my opinion. He's been superb under me, he's working so hard. He's scoring goals and has probably been the most important player so to lose him is really bad news for us.

"Players have to step up. You know, when one of your big players is not there, they have to take responsibility."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Referee Paul Tierney shows a red card to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan
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Aubameyang will be absent for the Premier League games against high-flying Sheffield United and Chelsea, and he'll also miss the FA Cup match against Bournemouth.

There appeared to be no malice in the 30-year-old's red-card tackle, but the video replay showed the forward make forceful contact with Meyer's ankle.

Aubameyang apologised to Meyer via an Instagram post (h/t Goal), saying: "Hopefully Max Meyer gets well soon, I really didn't want to challenge him so hard and I appreciate that the boys fought hard to take that win, but unfortunately we come back with a draw. We keep going."

A statement from officials regarding the tackle stated a red card was issued as "the intensity of the challenge endangered the safety of the opponent," constituting "serious foul play," per Goal.

The forward has 16 goals for Arsenal in the Premier League and UEFA Europa League this season, and Arteta will now look to Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe to supplement Aubameyang's regular contributions in the final third.      

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