Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has hinted that the club is almost certain not to appeal the red card shown to Arteta in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst park.
The Spaniard, who opened the scoring for the Gunners just two minutes after the interval was adjudged by referee Chris Foy to be the last man when he brought down Marouane Chamakh about 40 yards away from goal and was given his marching orders straight away.
The Gunners held on from then and went on to secure a 2nd with 3 minutes of normal time left but the Arsenal boss believes his captain should have stayed on.
“We have a good ground to appeal,” said Wenger. “If he is only suspended for one game, I won’t do it because he is suspended for Tuesday night and anyway I would not have played him, but it was more today’s game that was at stake that you worry about.
“It was the wrong decision because it has to be a good goalscoring opportunity. He was far from goal, it was an accidental foul, he was not the last man. I think the referee got that one wrong and after that we dealt well with the situation.”
The Gunners will be hoping Arteta misses only the Capital One cup tie with the Blues at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday and becomes available for the next weekend’s top of the table clash with Liverpool.