Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has come out to speak on his controversial red card. The Gabon striker, picked up a red card for a tackle in Arsenal’s clash against Crystal Palace. Fans were quick to point out a similar looking tackle from Andrew Robertson in Liverpool’s win over Spurs that went unpunished. The Arsenal leading man was not happy about the verdict but accepted it in good faith.
Arsenal were dealt a blow on Saturday in their hopes of finishing in the top four this season. The draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park was a costly one, with Chelsea and Manchester United both winning later on Saturday afternoon. That means the gap to the top four is now 11 points, with Arsenal at 10th in the Premier League, level on points with Everton and Southampton.
A further damaging blow was landed with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picking up a red card in the second half after a tackle on Max Meyer. The striker was initially given a yellow card for the foul, before VAR upgraded the decision to a straight red.
The striker took to social media to express his disappoint on finishing with a draw and also extended his remorse to Max Meyer.
Arsenal fans were left feeling deflated following the game, but that turned to anger later on Saturday during Spurs’ clash against Liverpool. Not only did Jurgen Klopp’s side extend their unbeaten run, with the Gunners’ Invincible record in their sights this season, but Andy Robertson put in a similar tackle to Aubameyang’s.
However, rather than a red or yellow card for the left-back following his tackle on Japhet Tanganga, referee Martin Atkinson failed to even award a foul, with VAR not deeming the tackle worthy of further action.