Arteta on Aubameyang's 'nasty' tackle

English Premier League

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has leaped to the defence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was sent off for a 'nasty' challenge against Crystal Palace.

The Gunners were denied back-to-back Premier League wins after drawing 1-1 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

Aubameyang opened the scoring for the Gunners in the first half, but was later sent off for a dangerous challenge on Palace midfielder Max Meyer.

However, Arteta does not feel the Gabon striker's tackle on Meyer had any malicious intent.

"I just watched it and it looked nasty, to be fair. Knowing Auba, there's no intention to make such a tackle," he told the club's official website.

"Hopefully he hasn't been injured and we are sorry for that. The decision was made and we have to accept it."

Aubameyang will now miss the Gunners' Premier League encounter with London rivals Chelsea on 21 January 2020.

"That's a massive blow. We know how important Auba is for the team. Maybe we're going to lose him for a couple of games," he added.