Mathieu Flamini's red card for Arsenal against Southampton could not have been more poorly timed.
The Gunners are heading into a crucial run of fixtures - and he will now likely miss three games.
The straight red card came for a two-footed challenge on Morgan Schneiderlein.
If as expected the suspension, unless appealed, kicks in straight away, Flamini will miss the following domestic fixtures.
Premier League: Crystal Palace (h), Premier League: Liverpool (a), Premier League: Manchester United (h).
He would then return in time for the FA Cup fixture at home to Liverpool.
The good news for Arsenal is the rest of their midfield is healthy and able to cover, but the red card will cause the Gunners a frustrating inconvenience in their title battle.
image: © wonker