Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s red card for violent conduct at Crystal Palace on Saturday has been upheld.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirmed the news on Wednesday.
Aubameyang was sent off midway through the second half in weekend’s 1-1 Premier League draw against Palace, catching Max Meyer high on the ankle with a poor challenge by the touchline.
Referee Paul Tierney showed a yellow card, but the Video Assistant Referee had a look and, after a two-and-a-half-minute delay, the caution was upgraded to a straight red card.
“It’s been confirmed he will be suspended for three matches,” Arteta said.
“He was very disappointed after the game. He’s been superb under me, working hard, scoring goals and he’s probably been our most important player.
“I hope we can play better and win games. Players have to step up. It’s time to talk on the pitch and if they show they’re as good or better than him, they have a chance.”
Aubameyang – who has 16 goals in all competitions this season – will miss the club’s next three games, which include a trip to Chelsea.