Arsenal midfielder, Mikel Arteta believes the red card he was given against Crystal Palace on Saturday was unjust. The Spaniard was sent off in the 65th minute for a professional foul on ex-Arsenal striker, Marouane Chamakh over 35 yards away from goal, after giving the Gunners the lead in the 46th minute via a penalty. Arteta now claims he’s had a good television view to see the incident from a different perspective but is still adamant he wasn’t the guilty one in the challenge.
Arteta told Arsenal Player: “It was a very harsh decision to send me off. Chamakh kicks my fight foot. I have seen it on television. It is 40 yards away from goal too.
“It is true that I tried to block him with my hand but then he came with his left foot into my right calf and then we were both on the floor. It was never a tackle from me.”
The red card suffered by the 31 year old now means the midfielder will miss tomorrow’s visit of Chelsea in the Capital One Cup at the Emirates stadium.