Arsenal’s appeal on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang red card has been rejected by the Football Association.
The 30-year-old was sent off the pitch with a red card after his challenge caught Max Meyer on the left ankle in 1-1 premier league match against Crystal Palace last Saturday.
He was initially given a yellow card by the referee but it was overturned by VAR as a red card.
Aubameyang’s red card means the Gabonese will miss three matches against Sheffield United, Chelsea and the FA Cup fourth round tie at Bournemouth.
But Arsenal feel the three matches ban is too much and appealed to FA to reduce or overturn it.
According to talksport.com, the Gunners’ appeal is based on the fact that a number of similar challenges in the Premier League were not punished by red cards, including Andy Robertson’s tackle on Japhet Tanganga just a few hours later in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.
But the appeal was dismissed and Aubameyang will definitely miss the upcoming matches against Sheffield United, Chelsea and Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, Sead Kolasinac will miss the match against Sheffield at the Emirates due to a thigh strain while Hector Bellerin is being assessed before the match due to a tight right hamstring.
Kieran Tierney will return to full training in March after he recovers from a dislocated shoulder while Calum Chambers will remain out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.