Arsenal fail in attempt to get Aubameyang red card overturned

Arsenal strikes out with Aubameyang appeal.

FA confirms Pierre Emerick Aubameyang three-game ban after Arsenal failed in their appeal for the striker’s suspension to be reduced.

Arsenal will be without Aubameyang for their next three games after their appeal for his red card against Crystal Palace to be overturned was unsuccessful. The Gunners’ captain had been shown an upgraded straight red for his challenge on Max Meyer.

Mikel Arteta initially admitted that the challenge was a bad one and looked to accept the suspension, but Arsenal still went ahead with the appeal anyway.

However, the FA rejected their appeal and the striker will now miss their next three games against Sheffield United, Chelsea and Bournemouth.

His absence is a huge blow for the Gunners as he is currently their top scorer with 16 goals in all competitions.

Speaking about the outcome of the appeal, Arteta said as quoted in the Mail: ‘It has been confirmed he will be suspended for three games so we are not going to have the player for the next three fixtures.

‘It is a big shame, a big loss for us because we know Auba’s intention when he plays but unfortunately, he mistimed the tackle, they made the decision and now we have to accept it.

‘He was very sad after the game, disappointed that he left the team with 10 men. It was an action that was completely accidental in my opinion.

‘He has been superb under me, training well, working hard, scoring goals and probably the most important player of the team so to lose him is really bad news for us.’

It is a big loss but Arsenal still has a very strong attacking lineup and should be able to cope in Auba’s absence.


  1. El kaissi says:

    Why is the FA so unfair to Arsenal?? Son got away with his challenge on Andre Gomez of Everton fc. That challenge was more devastating than this so I don’t see a reason why this one isn’t overturned too. It’s clearly an accidental challenge.

    1. arie82 says:

      Its was sissoko who broken andre gomez leg, not son, son first person who challenge gomes, but sissoko who give the final blow.
      Auba was deserve the red card, its was broken angkle challenge. He the first and the last man who make that tackle.

      1. Stewart Macintosh says:

        agreed, this wasn’t unfair. He deserves the ban – that was an awful tackle.

  2. gotanidea says:

    Look forward to see Martinelli play in LW position

  3. Sue says:

    Hardly surprising is it?! Just out of interest, how is Max Meyer I wonder? They feared ligament damage, not heard owt since!

  4. Goonerboy says:


    Exactly what have been saying!

    I so much look forward to seeing what we can do without Aubameyang, i dunno how he does it but man scores without even without adding much to our overall play although his defensive work rate has gone up a notch since Arteta took over, that still does not cover up the fact that he sometimes hides in games until he comes up with a goal due to outstanding positioning, and excellent poaching ability.

    Playing from the LW, Martinelli gives us more trickery, pace and power with an eye for a goal and this could also make Lacazette man up and end his wretched, frustrating form!

    Another positive is that Auba is well rested and comes back with a BANG…..coyg!!!

  5. stevo says:

    In other codes if you appeal and lose you get double the suspension.
    Aubameyang will still get paid 600k for 3 weeks holiday.
    Should be super sharp when he returns.
    Laca the 50m man and Pepe the 70m man ought to cover for him ok.
    Martinell is in good form if fit too.

  6. GB says:

    OT watching the MU – Wolves game. Adama Traore is an absolute beast, as gotanidea has been telling us for ages. Would love him at Arsenal but it looks like he will be off to Barca, if not this window, then in the summer.

    1. Sue says:

      He’s got to be on steroids 😄

  7. DDK3 says:

    This period is going to be very important for us. During the cash strapped years Arsenal played as a team and shared the goal scoring responsibilities within a group short on superstars.

    But once we came into money again we brought more players of significance through and that started to erode away at the club ethos. We got to a point where we were heavily dependent on Ozil and Sanchez and when Sanchez left we were lost as Mkhi was never going to fill those boots.

    Currently I feel that we are in a similar scenario to Sanchez/Van Persie with Aubameyang. He is our best player and leader and it is looking increasingly likely that he won’t be hanging around (and who could blame him?).

    The next 3 games will be vital for us to show that we aren’t a one man club and that we have enough talent in the squad to get the job done. Hopefully Martinelli cracks the nod, he has yet to disappoint in an Arsenal shirt and I hope and trust that that trend will continue. This also provides an ideal opportunity for Pepe to step up.

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