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Arsenal appeal to FA to review Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's three-game suspension

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Arsenal ask for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's red card ban to be REDUCED to allow him to face Chelsea and Bournemouth... as they point out lack of punishment for Andy Robertson's challenge at TottenhamArsenal have asked the FA to review Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's suspensionThe striker was given a three-game ban after being sent off at Crystal Palace Arsenal feel punishment is unfair as there was not excessive force in the tackleAndy Robertson was not sent off by VAR for a lunge on Spurs' Japhet Tanganga

Arsenal hope to find out on Wednesday if they have been successful in their bid to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's three-game ban reviewed.

Arsenal have asked the FA to review the challenge and Aubameyang's likely punishment following his straight red card against Palace.

Striker and captain Aubameyang was sent off in Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace for a low but late challenge on Max Meyer.

Arsenal have asked the FA to review Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's three-game suspension

The Arsenal captain received a red card from VAR after catching Max Meyer late on Saturday

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted the second-half tackle looked 'nasty', with Meyer's ankle bending 90 degrees on impact, and the German was unable to continue playing after, at first, trying to hobble on.

But captain Aubameyang, Arsenal's top scorer with 16 goals, was initially shown a yellow card by referee Paul Tierney which was only upgraded to a red after VAR Craig Pawson spent considerable time reviewing slow motion replays of the incident.

Pawson decided the point of contact and intensity of the challenge endangered the safety of the opponent and constituted serious foul play.

The Gunners, though, feel there could be enough mitigation for a three-game suspension to be deemed an excessive punishment.

Mikel Arteta admitted the challenge looked nasty but Arsenal feel the punishment is excessive

Arsenal believe that replays made Aubameyang's challenge look much worse than it was

They will point to the fact Andy Robertson was not sent off for this lunge on Japhet Tanganga

They believe there was not excessive force in the Gabon striker's challenge and slowed down replays made it look worse than it was.

GAMES AUBAMEYANG COULD MISS

Sheffield United (H)

Chelsea (A)

Bournemouth (A) - FA Cup

They will also point to a number of similar tackles that were also subject to VAR reviews but did not result in red card.

Among them is Andy Robertson's on Japhet Tanganga just a few hours later on Saturday in Liverpool's 1-0 win at Tottenham.

Arsenal duo Matteo Guendouzi and Nicolas Pepe we're also on the receiving end of tackles against Norwich and West Ham respectively recently that did not result in the harshestpunishment.

Aubameyang is due to miss Arsenal's home game against Sheffield United and following away trips to Chelsea and Bournemouth in the FA Cup.

His absence could be reduced to two games or even one if the FA agree that Arsenal and Aubameyang have been hard done by.

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