Arsenal captain out of crunch game against Liverpool

Mikel Arteta got sent off against Crystal Palace this afternoon, ruling him out of these big Premier League ties.

Arsenal took on Crystal Palace in an exciting game amongst a fantastic atmosphere at Selhurst Park in the early kick-off this Saturday.

Palace certainly gave it as good as it gets but came away with nothing.

A moment of madness from Adlene Guediora saw the scoring of the opening goal, while Olivier Giroud tucked away a header after a delightful piece of football from Aaron Ramsey down the left.-

Guediora practically gifted his rash challenge on Serge Gnabry giving Mikel Arteta the chance to score from the spot.

But Arteta was not done being in the thick of it.

When Marouane Chamakh broke free of the Arsenal defence on the counter-attack, he was always looking good to win the leg race with Arteta - for whom pace is not one of his excellent traits.

Arteta tripped him, and the referee Chris Foy decided it warranted a red card.

Obviously a lot of Arsenal fans found the idea of Chamakh being through on goal being classed as a ‘goal-scoring opportunity’ rather amusing, but you can see why the red-card was given - even if Aaron Ramsey was chasing back.

The straight red card leaves Arsenal without their captain for the massive game upcoming against Liverpool - although an appeal is a possibility.

This is one of the biggest games to challenge the Gunners title credentials so far this season - and they will have to do it without their captain, which is certainly not ideal.

But with Mathieu Flamini also limping off with what looked like a groin problem, there is obviously concern that both players will be out for the game, leaving Arsene Wenger to ponder who should play in the more defensive midfield role in this massive game.

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