Mikel Arteta has admitted that he tried to block Marouane Chamakh in the tussle that saw him red carded in the 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace yesterday.
But the Arsenal midfielder believes he didn’t deserve to get his marching orders for tangling with the former Gunners striker.
Arteta was sent off after giving the Emirates outfit a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot with Olivier Giroud heading home late on to seal the victory.
And Spanish star Arteta said: “It was a very harsh decision to send me off. Chamakh kicks my fight foot. I have seen it on television. It is 40 yards away from goal too.
“It is true that I tried to block him with my hand but then he came with his left foot into my right calf and then we were both on the floor. It was never a tackle from me.
“It was the most important period of the game. There was always uncertainty we could always get caught. When we scored the first we were on top of the game, that decision changed the game and we were in trouble.
“But thankfully we held the result, we scored a second and we won the game.”