Arsenal hope to have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s three-game ban diminished after he was despatched off throughout the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace within the Premier League on Saturday.
Aubameyang, who opened the scoring at Selhurst Park, noticed red after a problem on Max Meyer halfway by the second half.
Initially, he was solely booked for the foul by match official Paul Tierney, however he was then despatched off after the deal with – which compelled Meyer to be substituted with an ankle harm – was checked by VAR.
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- Thirty-five factors from actual historical past! Report-breaking Liverpool clear big hurdle in title race Speaking after the sport, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta mentioned: “I simply watched it and it regarded nasty, to be truthful. Realizing Auba, there is not any intention to make such a deal with. “Hopefully he hasn’t been injured and we are sorry for that. The decision was made and we have to accept it.” Palace boss Roy Hodgson added: “I knew on the time it was a extreme problem and I’m not accusing Aubameyang of wanting intentionally to do this, however it was a nasty problem, a ahead’s problem. “He’s had his ankle bent virtually in half, a 90-degree angle. “The only thing that surprised me is it took them so long to decide it was a red card, because I don’t think I’ve seen a challenge which was more obviously a red card than that in a long, long time.” There’s a sense at Arsenal, nevertheless, that a three-game ban for Aubameyang is extreme and though they gained’t launch an enchantment to have it absolutely overturned, they really feel there are sufficient mitigating circumstances to have the suspension diminished. The membership consider Aubameyang didn’t use extreme drive when making the deal with and that it regarded far worse when slowed down for replays. Additionally they consider there are loads of examples of comparable challenges which have been checked out by VAR this season that have not led to a red card being proven. Liverpool’s Andy Robertson was not punished for a late problem on Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga on Saturday whereas Arsenal will level to two challenges on their very own gamers in current weeks, one on Matteo Guendouzi at Norwich Metropolis and one other on Nicolas Pepe throughout the win at West Ham final month. Because it stands, Aubameyang will miss the upcoming league video games towards Sheffield United and Chelsea, in addition to the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Bournemouth. And Gunners defender Sokratis has backed Alexandre Lacazette – who has gone six video games with out scoring – to step up in his strike associate’s absence, ought to Aubameyang’s three-game ban be confirmed. “Laca is a massively important player for us. He’s a goal machine,” mentioned the centre-back. “In some video games, from the skin, you may’t see what he can do or possibly he’s somewhat bit struggling. “Auba is a very important player. He’s the captain of the team, but now is the time that also the other players step up and show quality.”
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