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Mikel Arteta issues apology to Crystal Palace's Max Meyer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tackle in Arsenal draw – The Independent, Independent

Mikel Arteta issues apology to Crystal Palace's Max Meyer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tackle in Arsenal draw – The Independent, Independent


                                                                         

ArsenalmanagerMikel Artetaissued a formal apology toCrystal PalacemidfielderMax Meyerfor the “nasty” tackle that resulted inPierre-Emerick Aubameyangbeing sent off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The Arsenal captain saw a yellow card upgraded to a straight red after a reckless challenge on Meyer was reviewed by Video Assistant Referee Craig Pawson, who advised referee Paul Tierney to make the change and reduce the visitors to 10 men for the final 25 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Meyer was forced off immediately due to the challenge and Arteta, after viewing a replay of the studs-up challenge, used his press conference after the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park to apologise to the German.

                                                                                                                                                                                             

  

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“I just watched it. It looked nasty to be fair, ”Arteta said. “We know there is no intention to make such a tackle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

“Hopefully he (Meyer) hasn’t been injured and we are sorry for that. They made a decision and we have to accept it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    

        

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