Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang Sent Off For 'Ankle Breaker' Against Crystal Palace
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang was sent off against Crystal Palace after an awful challenge on Palace midfielder Max Meyer, after VAR overturned the original decision not to send the striker off.
Aubameyang scored in the first half to give the Gunners the lead and looked to be earning Mikel Arteta an away win in south London.
The Gabonese striker went from hero to zero in the second half though as he was shown a red card after a lunging challenge on Meyer. The referee initially showed a yellow card but VAR changed the decision.
:arrow_right: :red_circle:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 11, 2020
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sent off!
He was originally shown a yellow card for his challenge on Max Meyer, but had it raised to a red after a VAR check! pic.twitter.com/1eV91CF32Y
That's an absolutely shocking tackle from Aubameyang. Red card is the correct decision. ♂️ pic.twitter.com/IvNlHauzjn- FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) January 11, 2020
Ironically the home fans had been singing 'f*ck VAR' during the match and unfurled an anti VAR banner in the first half that was getting plenty of attention on social media.
The Palace fans, who have been protesting against VAR today, are now cheering as Aubameyang's original yellow card for a foul on Meyer is upgraded to a red. It was a poor tackle, loud gasps around the stadium when its replayed on the big screen. pic.twitter.com/cxUwLBNMqi- Charles Watts (@charles_watts) January 11, 2020
Before the red card Palace had equalised with Jordan Ayew's effort taking a deflection off David Luiz and looping over Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal.
Despite going down to 10 men the Gunners did have a great chance to score their second as Nicolas Pepe hit the ball off the inside of the post only to see it go back towards Palace keeper Vicente Guaita.
Guaita couldn't gather the ball though and Alexandre Lacazette looked to have an open net but the keeper saved brilliantly from point blank range.
Aubameyang's red card means that he will miss the games against Sheffield United next week, the game against Chelsea the week after and then against Bournemouth in the FA Cup.