Arsenal rumoured to hope Aubameyang can face Chelsea despite 3-match ban
- The 30-year-old was punished for a nasty tackle against a Crystal Palace.
- The Gunners believe there are enough mitigating circumstances to have the suspension reduced.
- Chelsea will play host to Arsenal in a week's time.
Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is facing 3-games ban after being sent off in the Crystal Palace clash for a nasty tackle on Max Meyer. Initially, the striker only got into the referee's book but after a VAR review, he got a red card.
According to Goal, even though the Gunners don't plan to launch an appeal but they hope the suspension will be reduced as the club believe the punishment was too harsh as Aubameyang did not use excessive force when making the tackle.
It should be noted that the Premier League have already seen the precedent of cancelling the ban.
Tottenham successfully appealed the official's decision, which was taken after a VAR intervention. The FA subsequently overturned the forward's red card ruling the dismissal 'wrongful'.
Aubameyang is Arsenal's main attacking threat:
Chelsea will face Arsenal next Tuesday, January 21. Before that, the Gunners are scheduled to play Sheffield United on Saturday, January 18. If Aubameyang's ban is cancelled or becomes a one-game suspension, the Gabonese will be able to play at Stamford Bridge.