​It was all going so well for Arsenal at Selhurst Park. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil combined sublimely to give them an early lead and the Gunners also looked better defensively, pressing with an intensity and coordination that was missing during Unai Emery's time in charge. 


And then - well - Aubameyang did something naughty, very naughty in fact, lunging in on Crystal Palace's Max Meyer and planting his studs on the German's ankle.


The challenge was at best, incredibly clumsy and at worst... well, malicious. Meyer will be lucky to get away without significant time out on the sidelines judging by the angle that his ankle contorted to during the tackle.


Aubameyang initially received a yellow card for his indiscretion, a decision that social media was not happy with.


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However, VAR came to the rescue in the end though, upgrading Aubameyang's punishment to a red card, much to many people's delight. 


It was the striker's first immediate dismissal of his career.

 


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Not everyone was happy though, with some segments of social media feeling that a red card was too harsh a punishment.

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Crystal Palace fans then had a bit of an embarrassing moment, as Twitter was all too prepared to point out. 


The Eagles fans protested against VAR before the game, but were seen celebrating when the technology overturned the decision. 


Well, they do say football fans are fickle?

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There was at least one good thing to come out of this unsavoury incident - an incredible stat. 


Aubameyang's sending off made him the first Gunners player to be sent off and score in the same game since October 2013. And the last? Current Gunners boss Mikel Arteta of course. And who was it against? Crystal Palace. You couldn't make it up. 


The dismissal, much to Arsenal fans' dismay, will keep their skipper out of their London derby against Chelsea later this month. Unless the decision gets overturned... which it obviously won't.


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