Mikel Arteta apologised for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s red card tackle on Max Meyer, calling it “nasty” but insisted it was an out of character challenge.
Arsenal were reduced to 10 men in the second half of their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace when VAR intervened to send off Aubameyang for a dangerous tackle after referee Paul Tierney had originally booked the player.
He said: “I’ve just seen it and it looked nasty to be fair – knowing Auba there is no intention to make that tackle – hopefully the player hasn’t been injured. Sorry for that.”
Arsenal looked in full control of the match in the first half after Aubameyang’s opener but allowed Palace to equalise courtesy of a deflected Jordan Ayew strike.
“I think the first 35 minutes were exactly what I want our Arsenal team to play like,” Arteta said.
“We were at it, we were very dominant, we controlled the game, we were in the right positions and we were so good in transition.
Max Meyer’s foot gave way under him, twisting his ankle at a horrific angle from the force of the Arsenal’s striker tackle and the Palace man was immediately substituted with manager Roy Hodgson believing he’s suffered ankle ligament damage.