Arsenal captain, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang will miss three matches against Sheffield United, Chelsea and the FA Cup fourth round tie at Bournemouth after getting a red card during match against the Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Gabonese striker’s late challenge on Max Meyer earned him a red card, a decision VAR made after referee Paul Tierney had initially shown a yellow card.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, speaking after the match admitted that the challenge looked ‘nasty’ but Arsenal could appeal the Red Card decision.
The Spaniard also admitted that Aubameyang regretted his challenge on Max Meyer and was disappointed when he was sent off the pitch.
“He (Aubameyang) was very disappointed, he was sorry. He’s not a player that’s ever had that [red card] in his career I think. He just mistimed it, he tried to get to the ball and caught his (Meyer’s) foot so he was disappointed,” he said.
“Losing our most important player is never nice. We have other players that can play in that position so we will try and find a way to be as competitive as possible.
“Hopefully (the onus will be on other players), they have to make a step forward now if he’s not able to contribute to the team and I want to see this reaction.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal will wait for the referee’s report and the details of the FA charge before making a decision on whether to appeal.