Arsenal will have to do without the services of tinker man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when they visit premier league rivals Chelsea on January 21, 2020 following his red card against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
The striker was given his marching orders in the 67th minute for a dangerous foul on Max Meyer by referee Paul Tierney who had initially only shown him a yellow card but went for the red card after a VAR review.
The sending off now means that the Gabon international will miss three matches, one of which is away to Chelsea on January 21. The 30-year-old will also be unavailable for Arsenal’s clash at home to Sheffield United next Saturday, as well as their trip to Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round on January 27.
Aubameyang, who looked distraught with the decision after he left the pitch at Selhurst Park, is set to return for Arsenal’s trip to Burnley on February 2.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta termed the sending off a maasive blow but acknowledged the dangers of the tackle by his captain.
Arsenal manager Arteta said: ‘I just watched it and it looked nasty. Knowing Auba there was no intention to make that tackle. Hopefully he hasn’t been injured and we are sorry for that but they made the decision and we have to accept it.
‘That is a massive blow [his suspension], with how important he is for the team and maybe we are going to lose him for a couple of games.’
Arsenal are 10th place in the Premier League, eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.