As per a report from Goal.com’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts, the Gunners are hopeful of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s impending ban being reduced by the FA, following the striker’s red card versus Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Ayew earns Palace share of the spoils
Arsenal visited Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, for a Premier League London derby clash.
The visitors headed into proceedings on the back of an upturn in form of late, under the guidance of Mikel Arteta.
After largely-impressing despite defeat to Chelsea two weeks ago, Arsenal went on to rack up a pair of consecutive wins, over Manchester United and Leeds.
As such, they no doubt headed into proceedings on Saturday brimming with confidence.
When all was said and done at Selhurst, however, the Gunners were brought back down to earth.
Arsenal did take a deserved lead early in the clash, courtesy of star hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, a much-improved Palace reemerged for the second-half, resulting in the Eagles levelling things up 10 minutes after the interval, through Jordan Ayew’s deflected strike.
And, when all was said and done, Arsenal failed to find an all-important winner.
Highlights: Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal
Arsenal’s disappointing result at Selhurst Park, meanwhile, was also compounded by a blow on the personnel front.
With 65 minutes on the clock, Gunners goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put in a nasty late challenge on Palace’s Max Meyer, with referee Paul Tierney having initially deemed the tackle worthy of a booking.
However, following a lengthy VAR intervention, it was eventually decided that the Arsenal star was to be given his marching orders.
As such, Aubameyang was subsequently dismissed, and is, as things stand, set to sit out a 3-game ban.
As outlined above, however, Mikel Arteta and co. are hopeful that the African’s sanction could be reduced by the FA.
Charles Watts of Goal.com has this afternoon provided an insight into the situation, explaining that though the Gunners do not plan to launch an appeal to have ‘Auba”s suspension fully overturned, they feel as though ‘there are enough mitigating circumstances’ for a reduction.
‘The club believe Aubameyang did not use excessive force when making the tackle and that it looked far worse when slowed down for replays. They also believe there are plenty of examples of similar challenges which have been looked at by VAR this season that have not led to a red card being shown.’
Arsenal hope to have Aubameyang ban reduced – Club feels three-games is harsh and there are enough mitigating circumstances for a lesser punishment.
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— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) January 14, 2020
As of today, Arsenal’s top scorer is due to sit out Premier League meetings with Sheffield United and Chelsea, along with an FA Cup clash versus Bournemouth.