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The reason why this Arsenal defender is allowed to play even after a red card.

The 22-year-old full-back was given his marching orders during the 3-2 win over Aston Villa after receiving a red card.

Arsenal had to come from behind to beat Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon. It was a game which had an abundance of positives and negatives for Unai Emery to meditate over. In terms of positives, Matteo Guendouzi’s second-half display, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting on the scoresheet yet again. Furthermore, Nicolas Pepe scored his first goal, thus opening his record after his club-record £72m transfer in the summer transfer window. All of this was done with 10-men. That could reflect as one of the plenty negatives in the Arsenal side.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was giving his marching orders right before half-time. His red card was given for a couple of bookable offenses. Although, there has been some uncertainty as to which game he will be excluded for. The Gunners embrace Championship outfit Nottingham Forest to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. This is right before an influential Premier League match versus Manchester United at Old Trafford next Monday.

Furthermore, the difficulty seems to be over whether or not Maitland-Niles must complete a prohibition in the Premier League or in the Carabao Cup. Although, the circumstance has been removed. Superimposed issuing their pre-match team news, it’s been strengthened that the all-round midfielder will be excluded from the match against Nottingham Forest. However, he would be available to face the Reds of Manchester.

A statement reads: “Suspended for Tuesday night’s match against Nottingham Forest, after receiving a red card on Sunday.” Maitland-Niles’ absenteeism does indicate that Emery will have to mix-up his options at right-back. One is to deliver a recall to Hector Bellerin, who made an exhibition for the Under-23’s last Friday. He was out for eight months due to an injury. Contrarily, Calum Chambers could get the permission with either Shkodran Mustafi or Konstantinos Mavropanos teaming up with Rob Holding in central defense.

Conflicts regarding the match.

Arsenal did leave with a win against Aston Villa notwithstanding the battle with 10 men for 49 minutes. Although, they might want to thank an error from the officials for alleging all three points. Ainsley Maitland-Niles saw a red card. Moreover, Aston Villa had twice traversed before the equalizer by Calum Chambers. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang later won it from a free-kick, with six minutes left, but Unai Emery’s side was fortunate the goal stood.

That is because Aston Villa should have deserved an indirect free-kick. The reason being Calum Chambers and David Luiz’s transgressions. Under IFAB’s latest enactment pertaining to the attacking players standing inside a yard of the defending wall at set-pieces. This would then enable the defending side to sustain an indirect free-kick. Law 13.3 reads: “If, when a free kick is taken, an attacking team player is less than one meter (one yard) from a ‘wall’ formed by three or more defending team players, an indirect free kick is awarded.”

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